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Cumberlands Commemorates 9/11


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Tuesday, September 11th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) held their annual 9/11 ceremony in Patriot Park, located in front of the Hutton School of Business, in remembrance of the men and women that lost their lives on that tragic day. The ceremony was attended by UC students, faculty, staff and local Williamsburg residents that wanted to pay tribute and honor their fellow Americans that answered the call of duty to help this nation.

As he stood beside a shaft of steel from the Twin Towers, which was donated to UC from Andy Croley, Cumberlands alum Colonel Mike Farley of Corbin, Kentucky delivered an inspirational speech to those who attended.


“It’s an honor as an alum of this University to be able to address the students, faculty, staff, and community on the moments surrounding 9/11,” stated Col. Farley. “Many people’s lives were sacrificed on this day 11 years ago to help protect this country including the ability for these kids to attend this great University. I have been in Afghanistan and Iraq where I’ve seen firsthand that they don’t have the same privileges that we as Americans get to enjoy every day.”

During the Colonel’s speech he recalled his first encounter of dealing directly with the 9/11 events when he was informed that one of his soldiers had been killed in combat. “I will never forget saluting that soldiers’ coffin for helping to save my life and the lives of many others he fought for to help protect.”

Cumberlands marching band paid tribute during the event with patriotic songs for the ceremony. UC’s ROTC Honor Guard was there as well to conduct an emotional retreat and flag ceremony.

“Listening to the Colonel speak helped me gain a better perspective of the 9/11 events that occurred and how it affected our nation as a whole,” said UC student Olivia Cepak (South Lyon, MI).

The 9/11 ceremony takes place annually in Cumberlands Patriot Park on or around September 11th.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Kayla Petit, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant