The anniversary of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, will be observed at Samford
University with several special speakers and a memorial service. The public
is invited to attend any of the events.
U.S. Navy Capt. John Pruitt, former deputy director of naval training and
education at Navy headquarters at the Pentagon, will speak Tuesday, Sept. 10,
at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. Pruitt's office received extensive damage from the
airliner that hit the building on Sept. 11. He is now commander of Naval Air
Station Pensacola. A Samford graduate, he is the father of a current Samford
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, a memorial service will be held at 7:30 a.m. to dedicate
U.S. and Alabama flags that fly on the front lawn of the campus. According to
Samford Student Government Association president Laura Wilson, the flagpoles
and flags were installed this summer in response to student interest in having
flags displayed in a central spot on campus after the events of last September.
U.S. Army Col. Kenneth Brown, chaplain of the 101st Airborne Division, will
speak Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. He served with the 101st
in Afghanistan during the past year.