Some things never fade

Sep 6, 2002

As we look back at Sept. 11, 2001, we revisit the heartache, shock, terror and anger of that tragic day.

As we look back at Sept. 11, 2001, we revisit the heartache, shock, terror and anger of that tragic day. Now, one year removed from an event that literally and figuratively redefined America's position in world society and transformed our individual beliefs in the sanctity of human life and our relationships with loved ones, I am reminded of a poem written by American author Raymond Carver, who succumbed to a long illness in 1988 at the age of 50.

"Gravy," which is included in his last work of literature titled "A New Path to the Waterfall," was written not out of sadness at the approaching end of his time on earth, but out of thanks to God for allowing him a second chance to experience the beauty of life and love of family and friends during his last 10 years following decades of alcoholism. In interviews and conversations before his passing, Carver often characterized his last decade as one of "Gravy," referring to the excess of love he was able to enjoy and the relationships with family and friends he was able to rekindle. In the poem, God asks Carver, "And did you get what you wanted from this life?" "Yes," Carver responds. God then asks, "And what was that?" "To be loved, to call myself beloved on Earth."

It's impossible not to miss those who perished Sept. 11, 2001. The pain will never fully subside. The voice of a lost family member or friend may temporarily escape our senses and memory. The hectic eruption of their sneeze on a quiet Monday morning in the office or the awkward slant of their goofy smile may eventually fade from our recollection. But the loved shared between those who have passed and those who still live will remain in our hearts and forever remind us that to be loved, to call ourselves beloved on earth, is perhaps the greatest and most cherished gift we were ever fortunate to give and receive.

-- Written by Gary J. Erwin
Director of Publications and adjunct faculty member


Kettering will join the country's memorial of Sept. 11 with a series of events to honor the one-year anniversary of an American tragedy. Faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to participate or observe the following events, which have been planned by Student Government, Faculty Senate and Student Activities, supported by other offices and organizations on campus:

** Starting Monday, Sept. 9, Student Activities will be selling "Let Freedom Ring" T-shirts for $5, featuring the Bulldog and an American flag. Participants are invited to wear the T-shirts Wednesday, Sept. 11. The sale will be in the Student Affairs Offices, third floor, Campus Center.

** On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Second Annual College Town Blood Battle, to support American Red Cross Blood Services, will take place from noon to 5:45 p.m. in the Campus Center's first floor student lounge (next to BJs). The brotherhood of thePikes will once again host the blood drive, which is part of a competition against Baker College, U-Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College to collect the most units of blood to support the local Red Cross chapter.

** On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Kettering's American flag will fly at half mast to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

** At 8:46 a.m., Kettering will join the nation in a moment of silence to observe the beginning of a tragic day that started with the first plane hitting a Twin Tower. Kettering's bell tower will toll in remembrance, followed by patriotic tunes. A schedule of Kettering's Sept. 11 events and a reading will be posted on Kettering's web site.

** At 12:15 p.m. at the Bell Tower court (rain site is Great Court, CC), the students of Christians in Action will offer a 30-minute prayer meditation. The first 300 visitors to the Bell Tower will receive a miniature American flag as part of Student Government's memorial tribute. The Physical Plant department will decorate the area with American flags. Participants are invited to wear their "Let Freedom Ring" T-shirts to the prayer meditation.

** At 12:45 p.m., the Kettering Jazz Band will offer patriotic tunes at the Bell Tower Court.

For more information on Kettering Remembers, call the PR & Communications office at 810-762-9533.


Dear Mr. President,

Mrs. Konigsberger's Second Grade Class
Washington Elementary School
Canton, Ohio

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