At 8:30 Wednesday morning, September 11, the only sounds heard on the Cathedral of Learning lawn came from a lone bagpiper playing Amazing Grace.
Afterwards, at 8:46 am, the campus community joined the rest of the nation in observing a moment of silence. Then Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg reflected on the meaning of the day, and he led members of the University community in placing American flags into flag holders secured in the Cathedral lawn. By mid-morning, 3,041 flags stood on the lawn. Each one represented a life lost in the attacks.
A full day of remembrance activities followed.