The bells of Wheaton College’s historic Blanchard Tower will be rung for one minute at noon on Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The United States Senate has passed Resolution S.237 requesting that on Sunday, September 11, municipalities, organizations, and public and private institutions “observe a moment of remembrance or prayer to last for one minute beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time by, to the maximum extent practicable—ceasing all work or other activity; and marking the moment in an appropriate manner, including by ringing bells, blowing whistles, or sounding sirens.”
Three Wheaton College students will ring the bells. Wheaton College President Philip Ryken has asked that members of the Wheaton Community observe the time as a moment to pray for the families of the victims of 9/11, for national leaders, and for the world.
Three Wheaton College alumni were killed in the terrorist attacks in 2001, as well as the grandmother of a Wheaton student then enrolled. Alumni included Todd Beamer, BA ’91, Jeff Mladenik, MA ‘95, and Jason Oswald, BA ‘95. In following years the College designated a seating area in mid-campus to remember these alumni, and their stories are told on a plaque in the Todd M. Beamer Student Center.