A Message from President Denise M. Trauth

September 7, 2021 | Sent to Faculty, Staff, and Students

Dear Texas State University Community, 

Saturday, September 11, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the tragic day that forever changed our world when four coordinated terrorist attacks took 2,977 lives at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D. C., and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

As a nation and a university community, we will join in a time of national remembrance to mark the passage of two decades since this horrific tragedy.

Texas State will honor those killed by tolling our San Marcos Campus bell tower 2,977 times on Friday, September 10, beginning at 7:46 a.m. and ending at 11:54 a.m. We chose this day because we will not be on campus for classes on September 11.

This is also a time to remember and appreciate our veterans, service members, and first responders who continue to make sacrifices for our communities, country, and the freedom of others. 

We are especially heartbroken at this time over the 13 fallen U.S. troops and at least 90 Afghan civilians killed in the attack of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. I know this loss and the complexities around the withdrawal from Afghanistan are especially difficult for our university community members who served there.

At Texas State, we are so proud of and humbled by our veteran students, staff, and faculty.  Understandably, 9/11 is a profound and meaningful time for them and their families. I want our veterans to know we are with you, we support you, and above all, we deeply appreciate your service and sacrifice.

I hope you will take time on Friday and Saturday, to memorialize the 20-year anniversary of this event that broke the heart of our country and claimed so many innocent lives. It is also a reminder of the power of unity, hope, and resilience. May we continue to demonstrate these qualities to strengthen our nation, show gratitude to those who bravely serve and protect us, and uplift one another.


Denise M. Trauth