9/11 was a terrorist attack on the United States and the entire international community. Thousands perished; innocent citizens from over ninety different nations. It has changed the history much as Japan’s strike against Pearl Harbor. The 9/11 attacks triggered the United States’ ongoing war against terrorism, starting with Afghanistan as a chain of targets intended to overthrow the Taliban, changing the course of world history.
The significance of the incidence and severity of traumatic loss makes a well-deserved concern for a memorial on the UMass campus in tribute to those loved souls of the blameless victims of that horrifying tragedy, and to the ongoing legacy of pain and horror engendered by that seminal event. It is worth mentioning that a UMass community member (Christoffer Carstanjen, a computer research specialist) lost his life in that violent aggression. It is also worth knowing that many undergraduate students at UMass were only 6-12 years old in 2001, and only experienced the moment of 9/11 as a child.