Matt Joseph, a political science junior from Coffeyville, Kan., stopped to take a photograph and reflect for a few minutes. He said he was glad the university decided to host a ceremony.
“I just wish more people were involved in remembering,” Joseph said.
Justin Boggs, a senior from Lompoc, Calif., said he wishes students could do more to pay tribute to the people who died that day.
Boggs was just waking up for school when the attacks happened in 2001. He saw images of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center on the TV.
He said he thought it was an action movie.
Eric Oliver, a fire protection and safety technology senior from Norman, was riding a bus to school in sixth grade when the attacks happened. Students on the bus were joking around when a girl in front stood up and yelled for everyone to be quiet and listen to the radio.
The rest of the day was confusion, Oliver said.
He said he hopes people from all backgrounds will unite to honor Sept. 11.
“It's important that we all as Americans remember this day and remember the sacrifices that some people make for our freedom,” Oliver said.
The artifact from the World Trade Center will be on display at the Stillwater Public Library on Sunday and at the Edmon Low Library from Monday through Sept. 30. The display will then remain on campus in the lobby of the Fire Protection Publications office.