Vigil tours, flag planting, wreath laying will mark 20th anniversary of terrorist attacks

We love a parade. Norwich University began the fall semester’s second week with a day off from classes and participation in the Northfield Labor Day festivities. The Regimental Band played and several student groups, including the Corps of Cadets and several sports teams, marched. 

The traditional planting of flags to honor the people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and a special wreath laying marking the attacks’ 20th anniversary highlight the week’s activities.

— Walk this way: Through Thursday, the Dog River Conservancy, a program of Norwich’s Center for Global Resilience and Security, has developed a self-directed Water Street Cultural Heritage Walk to mark Tropical Storm Irene’s decennial. The display, coordinated by Associate Professor of Biology Simon Pearish, includes historical images, news clippings and creative works exploring ties between Northfield, Vermont’s inhabitants and the Dog River.

— Here’s your cue: The Pegasus Players, Norwich University’s theater troupe, will hold auditions for its fall show, Neil Simon’s “Rumors” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Mack Hall. Jeffry Casey, an assistant professor of theater, advises the troupe.

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A sign on the Water Street Heritage Walk displays historical data on the Paine Woolen Mill, the first building constructed in what’s now downtown Northfield, Vermont. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

— Hablas conmigo: Norwich’s Spanish Conversation Club will hold a Tertulia, a social coffee hour, from 4 to 5 p.m. this Wednesday (and every Wednesday) in the Language Resource Center, Schneider Hall, Room 202. All levels of Spanish speakers are welcome to practice their skills in a relaxed, fun setting. No pressure (sin presión.)

— Class action: The Academic Achievement Center will hold a learning skills workshop, Ready, Set, Goals! from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the South Instruction Room on Kreitzberg Library’s fourth floor. Professional and peer tutors will discuss the semester with attending students to devise a path to academic success. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. 

From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the Academic Achievement Center will host a Fourth Floor Takeover and Time Management Power Hour at the library.

— Expect the world: An Education Abroad Fair will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wise Campus Center’s “fishbowl.” Faculty trip leaders, university financial aid officials, student ambassadors and third-party program representatives will discuss study abroad/away opportunities and how students who seize them can secure academic credit and access scholarships and financial aid.

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In September 2018, members of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets planted U.S. flags in memory of the people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The tradition continues this week. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

President Dr. Mark Anarumo has made a goal of encouraging study away and abroad to help students broaden perspectives and enrich academic experiences.

— 9/11 remembrance: On Friday, starting at 6 p.m., Politeia, Norwich’s University’s political science club, will plant 2,977 miniature U.S. flags on the Upper Parade Ground — one for each of the victims killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

At 12 a.m. Saturday, seniors in the Corps will start 24 hours of marching vigil tours, slow, ceremonial half-hour marches on the Upper Parade Ground’s tour strip, near the planted flags. 

Politeia seeks volunteers to plant flags from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday and remove them by noon Sunday. Direct questions to Dr. Jason F. Jagemann, Politeia’s adviser, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Jagemann, an associate professor of political science, coordinates Norwich University’s Political Science Program.)

On Saturday, Norwich will hold a special ceremony marking the 9/11 attacks’ 20th anniversary. At 11 a.m., Norwich University American Legion Post 1819 will host Vermont Gov. Phil Scott in a wreath laying at the Gold Star Families Memorial monument, across from Kreitzberg Library. 

Also, artillery will fire at the four times planes crashed — 8:46 a.m. World Trade Center North Tower; 9:03 a.m. World Trade Center South Tower; 9:37 a.m., Pentagon, 10:03 a.m., Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

See a complete listing of Norwich University events.

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