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Sept. 11 commemoration includes chimes, program at Krannert

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Sharita Forrest
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Numerous events will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Sept. 11 in commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Altgeld Hall chimes will toll for two minutes at 7:46 a.m., 8:03 a.m., 8:43 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. – the times when two airliners struck the World Trade Center, a third airliner struck the Pentagon and a fourth plane went down in Pennsylvania. The sounding of the bells at 7:46 a.m. and 8:03 a.m. will be followed by a moment of silence and then the bells will peal 15 times, the traditional memorial for fallen firefighters. A 10-minute concert of patriotic songs will conclude the first tribute.

At noon, various student groups will hold commemorative events on the Anniversary Plaza of the Illini Union on the Quad.

Faculty members and students will present inspirational music and tributes during a campus and community commemorative program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. Rajmohan Gandhi, director of the Global Crossroads Living and Learning Community and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be the keynote speaker. The program will be broadcast live on WILL-AM (580) and on the Internet (

Volunteers will have the opportunity to honor victims of the terrorist attacks through a national initiative, the Sept. 11 Memorial Service Projects, sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, a national organization promoting volunteerism. Volunteers will perform community service projects of their choice, dedicating their work to Sept. 11 victims whom they select from profiles provided by the families. The initiative was begun by a group of victims’ family members, and the community service projects will be commemorated in a Web-based searchable scrapbook for the families’ viewing.

Participants must register their community service projects with the Office of Volunteer Programs by Oct. 21 and complete them between Sept. 11 and Dec. 13, 2002.

Volunteers can register their projects or learn about potential projects by contacting the Office of Volunteer Programs, 277 Illini Union, at 333-7424 or by e-mail at