Community gathers on 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 to honor Princeton alumni who perished

Monday, Sep 13, 2021

By Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

The University community gathered for an interfaith service Saturday to remember the 14 Princetonians killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Alumni, staff, faculty, students and others stood solemnly outside the 9/11 Memorial Garden to reflect and remember. 

“Twenty years have passed since the attacks on September 11, 2001,” President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “I can scarcely believe that. For all of us who experienced that day, it remains vivid, unforgettable, searing. Those born after it inherited a world forever and tragically altered.”

Eisgruber said it is still heartbreaking to think of the nearly 3,000 people, including 14 Princeton alumni, who died.

“Let us honor those we lost on Sept. 11 by remembering their lives and by dedicating ourselves anew to the ideas that ought to guide us as individuals and as a community,” he said.

The University created the memorial garden in 2003 nestled among a row of hedges along Chancellor Green. Each year on Sept. 11, the garden’s bronze bell titled “Remembrance” rings in honor of each alumnus killed. This year’s service, among many 20th anniversary ceremonies held across the country, was streamed live from campus.

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