The 9/11 monument on Tech’s campus seems to be hidden, just as the scars the terror attack left on the nation as a whole.
The Tech plaque reads, “In memory of the victims of the events of September 11, 2001. May we never forget. University Senate 2001-2002.” It is located between the bookstore and the library at the base of a tree on Tech’s campus.
Aaron Marcus, a sophomore accounting major, said he had direct ties to the terror attacks in 2001.
“My grandfather is a police officer in New York City, so that entire day I was concerned about him,” Marcus said. “There was an emotion of relief knowing that he was ok but there was also an emotion of honor knowing that my grandfather was present aiding so many people in such a monumental time in history.”
Timothy Green, a senior biology major and a member of the Air Force, said he did not know that the monument was on Tech’s campus.
“I’ve actually never seen or heard of it before,” Green said. “Is there any possible way it could be moved to a more prominent location?”
Green has vivid memories of exactly where he was during the 9/11 terror attacks, he said.
“I was in social studies in the sixth grade and my teacher had the news on the television,” Green said. “I remember asking my teacher if there was going to be a war resulting from the attacks and sure enough, shortly after, we went into Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Rawieh Telfah, a senior dual major in biology and French, said she was unaware of the monument as well.
“I wish I would have known about it because I’ve been here for four years and have yet to see it. It would have been nice to know,” Telfah, who is Muslim, said.
Telfah said regardless of one’s ethnicity or beliefs the attacks affected everyone in our nation.
“It was hard; it was hard on everyone,” Telfah said. “It was a terror attack.”
Telfah was ridiculed by a classmate about the attacks.
“I had a classmate mention to me that people of my religion performed the attacks,” Telfah said. “I replied that it impacted everyone and we would not consider the people that did that Muslim because our religion is about peace.”
Carlton Gray, a junior human resource management major and SGA senator, said there are ways to make the monument more noticeable at Tech.
“When I walk down the alumni walkway and see the president’s trees, the plaques at the base of those trees are very noticeable to me,” Gray said. “If we could somehow make the monument rise up out of the ground maybe people could notice it better.”
Will Dearmon, SGA president, said there are multiple ways the student body could approach changing the presentation of the monument.
“A student could go through SGA or Student Affairs and maybe get another student organization or service group that is concerned by the lack of attention the monument draws and go from there to make a change,” Dearmon said. “SGA can do pretty much anything, within scope, that the student body wants to see done.”
Dearmon said that students concerned could take the initiative in multiple ways to see a change done to the monument.
“Students could get public awareness on campus via surveys or polls asking students if they were aware of the monument and if they would like to see it resurfaced,” Dearmon said. “Based on the response, SGA could pick a path forward on how to use student money to improve it.”
It really comes down to what the students want to see done said Dearmon.
“If it’s important enough to the students they just have to take the appropriate steps to see a change made, and SGA will do our best to meet those needs,” Dearmon said.
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