Campus hosts memorial quilt

By Amanda Finnegan
September 15, 2006

ANDREW SAVULICH

Cabrini will be home to the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt in remembrance of the five year anniversary of Sept. 11. The quilt will be on display Sept. 15-17 in the Nerney Field House in the Dixon center. Cabrini is the exhibit’s only stop in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Charlie McCormick, dean of academic affairs, said that Cabrini got involved with the exhibit through a former Cabrini business professor, Robert Jozkowski. Jozkowki’s wife, Kathleen Stanton, worked on the 92 floor of one of the towers and was present on Sept. 11. Stanton will be speaking about her experiences and the heroism of 9/11 on Friday, Sept. 15 in Grace Hall.

The quilt is 16,000 square feet of remembrance. It consists of 142 panels comprised of 25 individual blocks. Each block commemorates a victim in the World Trade Center Tower and the Pentagon, and the passengers and crew of American Airlines Flights 11 and 17 and United Airlines Flights 93 and 175.

More than 3,000 volunteers in 18 different countries have worked on the quilt.

Dr. Antoinette Iadarola, president of Cabrini College, said in a press release, “The 9/11 Memorial Quilt is a true testament to the solidarity and support shown by thousands across the globe after the September 11 attacks.

“As we mark the five-year anniversary, we need to continue to honor the victims, their families and the extraordinary spirit of the firefighters, policemen and volunteers who risked their lives to save others. Cabrini College is honored to host the quilt.”

McCormick said, “We tend to look at the day in an intellectual way, but there is nothing abstract about it. Students will be able to see the beautiful humanity of the day.”

“I hope that students will see the quilt and Elie Wiesel’s visit as a greater whole. Wiesel always says that when we forget, it will happen again. We can’t be paralyzed by the tragedy but we can’t forget.”

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