Coe plans Sept. 11 service activity to support U.S. troops

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or

2011-09-08 15:19:46 - General

Coe College students, faculty and staff will gather on Sunday, Sept. 11, to participate in a service activity to support U.S. troops, a roundtable lunch discussion about patriotism, and the community-wide remembrance at Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Members of the community are invited to participate in the on-campus events in remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of the American tragedy.

Coe was awarded a $500 9/11 Day of Service Grant from State Farm and Youth Service America to learn about, remember and honor 9/11 via service and service-learning.  Members of the Coe community will utilize the grant to prepare care packages for American troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Members of the community are invited to bring food items (such as trail mix, sunflower seeds, hard candy, individual drink mixes, etc.) and hygiene items (such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) to the Coe Campus Information Office on the upper level of Gage Memorial Union by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, to be included in the boxes.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, Coe students will be packing the boxes from 11 a.m.-noon in the Lynch Room in the lower level of Gage Memorial Union.  At noon, participants will join in a “What is Patriotism?” t-shirt exercise in the Gage Memorial Union dining hall.  Buses will then be available to transport students to the community 9/11 ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium called “Remember, Reflect, Respect.”  Presented by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County and the Cedar Rapids Police and Fire Departments, the event will pay tribute to the lives lost on 9/11 and honor local police officers and firefighters.  The event begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information on contributing food or hygiene items to be included in the troop care packages, please contact Wendy Steffen in the Office of Service-Learning and Campus Engagement at 399-8660.