Fresno State will post its campus flags at half-staff Monday, Sept. 11,  Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, to remember and honor the 2,996 people killed and over 6,000 injured in attacks on the United States 16 years ago, including two alumni: Lt. Cmdr. Otis Tolbert (a former Bulldogs football player who died in the Pentagon attack) and Todd Beamer (died helping avert the United Airlines Flight 93 attack).

Each year, the president directs that United States flags be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad from sunrise until sunset on Sept. 11. Americans are also asked to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. EST, the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center that morning.

The campus flags that will be posted at half-staff are located at the Save Mart Center, the Rose Garden near the Veterans Monument and the Thomas Building, and at athletics venues where events are hosted by Fresno State.

Lt. Cmdr. Tolbert and Mr. Beamer are also honored at two locations on campus:

  • In the Peace Garden, two Canary Island pine trees were planted in their memory on the first anniversary of the attack in 2002. Provided courtesy of Tree Fresno, they are located on the south side (by the Henry Madden Library) near the Cesar E. Chavez monument with markers noting their sacrifice.
  • The second memorial is at the Bulldog Walkway on the north side of the Save Mart Center where two markers were dedicated to them on Oct. 27, 2004.

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Universal Pictures’ film, “Flight 93