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Emerson Remembers September 11 with Words and Light

The Emerson community and friends marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with its annual candlelight vigil to remember the lives of those lost.

More than 30 participants came to the Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand on Sunday, to hear remarks from Department of Communication Studies Chair Gregory Payne; Sonia Tita Puopolo ’96 MA ’97; John Talanian, who lost several friends and co-workers on 9/11; Tina Stanford, president of Emerson’s Communication, Politics, and Law Association (CPLA); and Alexandra Howard ’17, who read a poem.

“I feel like this year, with everything going on, we need to focus on spreading a message of love and community,” said Puopolo, who lost her mother, Sonia Mercedes Morales Puopolo, on American Airlines Flight 11.

In addition to the elder Puopolo, Emerson also lost alumna Jane Simpkin ’88, and faculty member Myra Aronson on 9/11.

Attendees formed a large circle around lit candles placed in a star formation. Everyone had the opportunity to share one word they feel is important to remember on the anniversary of the attacks.

“Community,” “family,” and “love,” were common responses.

The Emerson vigil is hosted by Puopolo, Payne, CPLA, and Talanian.

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