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UC Pays Respects to Victims of 9/11


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Wednesday, September 11th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) held their annual Patriot Day 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 to their fellow Americans that answered the call of duty to help the nation.

As he stood beside a shaft of steel from the Twin Towers, which was donated to UC from Andy Croley, Judge Eugene Siler, a Williamsburg native, delivered an inspirational speech to those who attended.

“The tragedies of 9/11 cannot be forgotten,” said Siler who served the U.S. Navy from 1958-1960. “Too many lives were taken that day. It is another day in infamy when cowards attacked all ages and races of the American people.”

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. Students and attendees were quiet as their nation stopped to remember those victims on 9/11.

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.