UNL students and staff come together to honor 9/11

"There were numerous people who lost their lives on that day and remembering the tragic events and those families that were involved is really what's truly important today," said Joe Brownell.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – UNL students and staff came together to honor 9/11.
“There were numerous people who lost their lives on that day and remembering the tragic events and those families that were involved is really what’s truly important today,” said Joe Brownell, director for the Military and Veteran success center.
At UNL, several flags were visible in the green space or at half-staff in the Union, as well as facts about 9/11. The student government put up the signs early Friday morning for the student body to read as they walked to class.
“It’s very important to remember because there were a lot of innocent lives lost that day,” said Mayte Dingman, a UNL senior. “It was a time when our country needed to unite more than ever for the grief that everyone was going through. Not only the families of those that were lost but, also for our country.”
Students and staff from the military and veteran success center held a moment of silence in the Union.
“But then also the first responders that responded and saved numerous lives,” adds Brownell. “This really changed our history and all the military individuals that were involved in helping to protect our country.”
One US Air Force veteran says we need to remember those lessons learned in these times.
“It’s amazing to think about the unity and everything that came around that day and those weeks following,” said Scott Smith, president for UNL Student Veterans of America. “How much we loved each other just because we were American and then here we are again in such a fractured world and its really frustrating because it’s like we forgot all the lessons from 9/11, 19 years ago.”
Smith says that one of the biggest lessons from 9/11 is that unity is the way forward.

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