Sounds of Silence Will Trump Saturday’s Memorial Roar

By Randy York

I remember September 11, 2001, as if it was yesterday, and I’m sure everyone reading this does, too. Time stood still that morning for all us. Because the shock, horror and confusion of that day will never leave, we should always remember what happened at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and that last plane crash in rural Pennsylvania.

Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of that infamous day when nearly 3,000 American citizens and foreign visitors died. The memory of those horrible events and the frightening aftermath is difficult to put in perspective. But make no mistake, Nebraska will honor those who died in the same way we did 10 years ago … with the same UNL trumpet professor playing his stirring rendition of Taps and a Nebraska football team taking the field in much the same way the Huskers did 10 years ago. (To remember that day, just hit the Huskers.com link and push the “play” button).

Saturday will be a day when sounds of silence will trump Memorial Stadium’s usual roar … a day when we will all pause, reflect and remember. Silence truly can be golden. Just ask Will Shields, Nebraska’s most recent College Football Hall-of-Famer. He’ll never forget his most memorable Husker moment … his sophomore season when a sellout crowd saluted Kenny Walker, NU’s deaf All-American, with what he called the “loudest” and biggest “silent roar” you can imagine.

Tears for Walker that day were positive and inspirational, and tonight’s tears should be, too, because they will remind everyone how millions of Americans met to worship and reinforce what our President said then and still rings true now: “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.” Ten years ago, the theme of Nebraska’s 9/11 remembrance was United We Stand. Today, this university, this state and this country remain united as we salute each victim and remember every hero in the only way we know how – with dignity, respect and reverence.  Go Big Red!

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