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Campus, community invited to observe 20th anniversary of 9/11

September 8, 2021

Today through next week, Northern Illinois University will commemorate the lives lost and the heroism of first responders two decades ago on September 11, 2001.

Huskies and the communities around NIU are asked to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and honor the nearly 3,000 people from more than 70 countries who died in the most devastating attacks to take place in the United States.

Visit to learn more about the following programs:

  • Starting today through next week, approximately 3,000 flags representing the nationalities of all 9/11 victims will be installed in the MLK Commons area outside the Holmes Student Center.
  • Also opening today, an educational exhibition displaying posters of artifacts from the 9/11 Museum at Founders Memorial Library recounts the day’s events through survivors’ stories.
  • Friday, Sept. 10 at noon, a panel from NIU will gather at Altgeld Hall 315 to reflect on how the morning of 9/11 unfolded on campus, as well as its international and political aftermath.
  • Friday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., President Dr. Lisa C. Freeman and DeKalb Mayor Cohen Barnes will speak at the university’s 9/11 commemoration event on the MLK Commons’ outdoor stairs.
  • Saturday, Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m., NIU’s home Huskie Football opener will include a moment of silence before the afternoon kickoff welcoming fans back to Huskie Stadium for a new season.