Winthrop Chimes to Honor 9/11's 15th Anniversary With Patriotic Tunes

September 11, 2016

Quick Facts

bullet point On Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:46 a.m., the exact time a plane struck the World Trade Center North Tower, the clock tower chimes will play "Taps" followed by "God Bless America."
bullet point President Dan Mahony and wife Laura invite all to the interfaith service at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior at 4 p.m. that same day.


A prayer group gathered for comfort on Sept. 11, 2001.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA - Winthrop University will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with special music played on the clock tower's chimes. President Dan Mahony and wife Laura also invite the community to join them at an interfaith memorial service this Sunday.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8:46 a.m., the exact time a plane struck the World Trade Center North Tower, the tower chimes will play "Taps" followed by "God Bless America."

That same day, the First Family will attend an interfaith memorial service at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, where Laura Mahony will read Psalm 46.

"Whatever your plans are for Sunday, I hope you will take a moment to reflect on the liberties we enjoy as Americans, and the highest price paid by those defending them," President Mahony said in a campus-wide e-mail.


A Sept. 2001 edition of Winthrop's former faculty/staff newsletter captured how the Winthrop community reacted as news of the most devastating terrorist attack in American history unfolded:

*Professor of Fine Arts Marge Moody had turned on the radio for her 2D design class. The class listened in stunned silence and couldn't focus on their work.

*Professor Emeritus of Mass Communication Larry Timbs turned on the television in his news editing class. He and his students couldn't stop watching.

*Professor of Healthcare Management Keith Benson cancelled his class, asking instead that students go give blood, as it would surely be needed.

*Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Karen Kedrowski discussed with her class how the United States would respond and how Congress would be involved.


Some Winthrop professors have incorporated 9/11 discussions into their courses.

Professor of Political Science Chris Van Aller said he does talk about the attacks, but not necessarily at the anniversary.

"We talk about terrorism in a number of my courses," he said.

Professor and Chair of History Gregory Crider said he remembers he was teaching in London when the attacks first happened.

"Now, as a historian of Latin America, I talk a little about the attacks in some of my courses, mainly as context for the shift to a more aggressive U.S. foreign policy and more extensive U.S. executive powers, evident in both the Bush Doctrine and the Obama Doctrine," he said. "We don't really focus on the attacks themselves, but students, even the younger ones, have a strong awareness of the event."

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