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Sept. 11 first responder to speak Monday

Staff Reports • Sep 7, 2018 at 8:25 PM

Cumberland University and the Cumberland University College Republicans announced they feature speaker Ken Kackley, a first responder at the Pentagon during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, on Monday at 6 p.m. in Baird Chapel.

Kackley, who is a Lebanon-native since 2003, was a first responder for 27 years after he served in the Navy. He is currently retired and has publicly spoken about his experience as a first responder during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks for the past four years. Cumberland University College Republicans president Haley Austin said the event is an opportunity for current students who were young at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks to recognize the impact of the day’s events.

“A question many people ask is, ‘Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?’ If I asked the students of Cumberland, most would not remember Sept. 11, 2001” Austin said. “Many would not have even been in school. Many would have been just learning to walk. Because we were so young, we might carry on throughout the day with no recognition of the impact that Sept. 11 had on our nation. It may be in the history books now, but we cannot let ourselves become complacent in the notion that just because you may not remember it, it is a day not worth recognizing.”

Austin said the event is an opportunity to honor both the first responders of the attacks as well as remember the lives that were lost. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the event.

“It is up to us to carry on the memories of those lives innocently lost. It is up to us to honor the sacrifices made by first responders and the men and women who continue to serve our country after that tragic day,” Austin said. “This is a day we can come together as one, regardless of differences in age, nationality, or political party. I hope and encourage you to join us on Monday night to hear a hero’s story as he reflects on his experience as a responder on Sept. 11.”

Cumberland University College Republicans will also place nearly 3,000 flags on the quad to represent each life lost on the day of the Sept. 11 attacks.

For more than 177 years, Cumberland University has advanced its long tradition of excellence to rise to endure, prosper and illuminate the world. Recognized as one of the fastest-growing liberal arts universities in Tennessee, Cumberland continues to evolve to meet the needs of a diverse and expanding community while it provides a transformational higher education experience through more than 100 fully accredited academic programs of study in three distinct schools.

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