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Dear Colleague Letters

September 11, 2012

Dear Campus Community,

Today we observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on our country. As you know, the legacy of that day has become one of service and remembrance.

As you go through your daily routines today, honor and remember the victims and heroes of that day by offering assistance to someone in need, joining in a service project, or simply performing a good deed. In our thoughts and in our actions, we have the opportunity to keep alive the memories of the victims and the lessons of that day.

Also take a moment to visit Kaufman Mall, where the Old Dominion University College Republicans planted miniature flags representing the nearly 3,000 victims of that day. Those victims include former Old Dominion students Craig Amundson, Robert Elseth and Lt. Col. Karen Wagner, and the relatives of former ODU students Shaun Mason, Tamatha Patterson, Jennifer Strauss and Jonathan Saporta. The field of flags is a beautiful and moving tribute.

Tonight I am hosting ODU's Student Veterans group at the President's residence as part of the University's commitment to never forget those who serve our country.

In our diverse community of learners and scholars, we have a unique opportunity today and every day to increase understanding, examine global issues, and create solutions that make our world a better place. Today is a solemn reminder of why that duty continues to be as important as ever.


John R. Broderick