Claflin University Remembers The Lives Lost On 9/11

Claflin University held a service remembering September 11th. News19's Chuck Ringwalt reports.

Orangeburg County, SC (WLTX) - Many people around the nation joined together Sunday in remembrance of the lives lost on September 11, 2001.

In the Midlands many groups and churches did the same.

"I come home early to my mom and I knew things were a little bit weird and that's when she turns on the TV and I'm seeing the news reports of the planes running into the buildings and you know I'm four years old, so this is one of the first things I remember of my life and that's when I realized something's wrong today," Trevon Andrews said.

Much has happened in the 15 years since the terror attacks of September 11, and that's especially true for Claflin University student Trevon Andrews. 

"Now 15 years later at 19 years old I get to carry my nation's colors and salute those who have gone before me and it just gives me a huge swelling of pride on the inside," Andrews said.

Students at Claflin organized a faith remembrance service. A member of ROTC Andrews presented our nation's flag.
 
"I think that it had the exact opposite effect that the terrorists wanted me to have. I think from that point on I really began to see what my country was about. I saw people come together and so from early on in my life I saw something that was meant for evil, be meant for good and I also had a deep sense of patriotism instilled in me from that early age on, so today I don't feel any fear going into the service. I'm actually honored  to have the chance to serve my country," he said.

"Whatever situation we go through, when you put it in God's hands we can begin to put faith and trust and trusting in the Lord with all of our heart and lean not with our own understanding," Kevyn Jamos said.

Jamos is the University chaplain and led the service.

He said no matter how many years pass it's important to never forget.

"We talk about lives being lost. When we forget it becomes trivial, but when we remember it gives us purpose," Jamos said.


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