Commemorating 9/11 on Campus and in the Community

At the University of St. Thomas, the victims of the tragedies of 9/11 were remembered and honored during a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Many on campus and in the community were directly affected by the attacks. Tom Burnett, Jr., a Minnesota native, helped divert his plane and fought back against hijackers on board United Airlines flight 93.

Earlier this week, Best Buy paid special tribute to those who lost their lives and to those who showed bravery that day.  The celebration of healing and remembrance allowed the community to come together, share their stories, and to bond with each other through similar experiences.

A special guest at the Best Buy tribute, Burnett’s sister, Martha Pettee, spoke out about her brother’s strong will and courage.  "Perhaps the biggest difference between Tom and the rest of us is that his values and his character were put to the test in the last 30 minutes of his life," Martha Pettee said. "He passed that test and, in doing so, inspired me and all of us."

A decade after the attacks, Best Buy donated $500,000 in support of the 9-11 National Day of Service Commemoration, and an additional $10,000 to the Tom Burnett Foundation.

For those who wish to reflect on how St. Thomas reacted, remembered, honored and reflected on the happenings of 9/11, view the following articles.