Text of Chancellor Ringeisen's remarks on September 14, 2001

Day of Remembrance

Welcome. Thank you all for being here.

We have come together to share a moment in history that we will remember forever -- a moment that has changed us all and one that brings us closer together. We join people all across this nation who are in mourning and are unified in their shock over this unspeakable tragedy.

Now is the time to be mindful of each other as human beings. We are a nation of immigrants. That is what our flag stands for -- liberty, acceptance, unity, pride, and compassion. Its colors represent the rich diversity of this nation and the tolerance for others that helps define us as Americans.

Today, it is good to remember the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. It reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,...send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

I am very proud of the way all of you here at UIS have responded, the way you have remained calm and courteous, treating each other with respect and dignity.

Again, I say we must be mindful of each other as human beings, no matter our backgrounds, our religions, our countries of origin, or our color. That is what distinguishes us and this great nation from any other in the world.

Let us now share in a moment of silence and remembrance for the victims and rescuers of this terrible tragedy and for the families and friends of those who are lost and injured.