Chickasha dove release to honor 9/11 victims

TIM HENLEY Published: September 10, 2009
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CHICKASHA — The sky will be decorated with 100 white doves Friday during a symbolic moment to remember the victims of the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Tribute to Peace will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Owens Flag Plaza on campus, 1727 W Alabama St.

The white doves will be released to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and to remember the victims in the World Trade Center, Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pa.

The event coincides with a nationwide activity organized by the National White Dove Release Society. There will be 4,300 birds released simultaneously at college campuses, city parks and other public areas across the country, according to the organization’s Web site.

"This will be a somber recollection of Sept. 11, and the people who died,” USAO President John Feaver said.

"It’s also a reminder of the folks that are in charge of our nation’s security today.”

Mayor Greg Elliot, State Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, and State Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle, will lead the tribute.

Members of the USAO Jazz Vocal Ensemble will perform the national anthem, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Stan McConnell will sing "God Bless America” and Boy Scout Troop 4319 will serve as the color guard.

The event will conclude at 11 a.m. with the dove ceremony.

The university is the only location in the state participating in the event.