President Bush has declared Friday, September 14 to be a national day of mourning for the victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Governor Locke has announced a statewide day of prayer and remembrance, highlighted by an observance at Westlake Center from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Joining Governor Locke will be King County Executive Ron Sims, Mayor Paul Schell and religious leaders. At sites around the state, sirens will sound at 12:29 in honor of fallen emergency response personnel, followed by a minute of silence and concluding at 12:31 with the ringing of bells.
The University will remain open tomorrow. Members of the University community are encouraged to participate in the day of prayer and remembrance in ways each individual finds most appropriate. This has been a sad and painful time for everyone, compounded by the plane crash in Mexico yesterday that took the lives of friends and alumni of the University. I encourage all of us to talk with one another and support each other as we seek to recover from these terrible events.