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LSU Shreveport to host 9/11 Remembrance Symposium


SHREVEPORT – The date is September 11, 2001. The day starts off like a usual Tuesday with the annoying alarm clock, boring morning routines, and work or school rituals. Do you remember what you were doing when you discovered the terrorist attacks that had taken place in New York City?

To observe the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the Strategy Alternatives Consortium (SAC) at LSU Shreveport will host a symposium, “9/11: A Remembrance.”  The event on Saturday, Sept. 10, will be held on campus at the University Center Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This event will not only recall that tragic day in American History but will also review our community’s connection to it when President George W. Bush addressing the nation and the world from Barksdale Air Force Base.

Panel discussions will follow:  “The Historical Context,” “The Barksdale Connection,” and “The Aftermath and Legacy.” Participants will include representatives from the military, law enforcement, local citizens and a federal judge offering personal experiences from that heartbreaking day.   Sponsors of the event include the LSU Shreveport Foundation, Noel Foundation and Willis-Knighton Health System, among others.

The Symposium will be introduced by LSUS Chancellor Dr. Larry Clark, with Dr. Gary Joiner and Dr. Cheryl White, LSUS professors of history, as moderators of portions of the detailed historic context and personal experiences. The individual accounts will be presented by military personnel and civilians involved in the tragic attack. Sheriff Steve Prator will also be delivering a personal remembrance of the day as a law enforcement officer.

The event is free to attend, but tickets are required and are available at Eventbrite.com.

The SAC is a newly formed initiative that focuses on geopolitical issues. It is one of a network of centers designed to advance policies, plans, strategies, and programs, and provides professional support for the development of strategic alternatives for U.S. security.

The Strategy Alternatives Consortium at LSUS serves as the enabling agency for the centers, conducting primary research, collating information, publishing white papers and reports, delivering presentations, and creating symposia on relevant issues.

To register for the 9/11 Remembrance Symposium, CLICK HERE.

For more information about the event or SAC, visit www.lsus.edu/sac

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.