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DeSales to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of 9/11

by Janelle Hill Sep 7, 2021
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DeSales University is hosting several events in recognition of the 20th anniversary of September 11th. Three of our events will honor alumnus Daniel Gallagher ’00, an accounting graduate who went on to work for Cantor Fitzgerald and was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. 

Full details are below. 

Afghanistan: Then, Now, and the Future—One Veteran’s Perspective
Thursday, September 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
DeSales University Center, Hurd room or Live via Zoom 

Retired Colonel Gregory Marston will offer a comprehensive overview of the Afghanistan War, including a brief history of Afghanistan, an overview of the culture, and predictions of possible future outcomes. Colonel Marston will also detail his journey as a commander, fighter pilot, and the organizer of a unique humanitarian effort to help local Afghan villages—one that lasted years after his tour ended.       

DeSales Scholars Series: From Tragedy to Triumph - Stories of 9/11 - In Remembrance of the 20th Anniversary
Thursday, September 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
DeSales University Center, Commonwealth Room or Live via Zoom 

Alumna and author Payton Lynch ’15 will talk about her new book—Rise from the Ashes: Stories of Trauma, Resilience, and Growth From the Children of 9/11—which shares stories of how 9/11 children, including her husband, found triumph from tragedy. 

Family, friends, and faculty who knew alumnus Daniel Gallagher ’00 will also share his story. Gallagher, an accounting graduate who went on to work for Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Interfaith Service Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Friday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. 
Connelly Chapel

Father Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, vice president for mission; Dr. Walead Mosaad, director of Muslim student life at Lehigh University; and Rabbi Seth Phillips of Congregation Keneseth Israel in Allentown will serve as celebrants.

Family members will also remember alumnus Daniel Gallagher ’00. The service is sponsored by DeSales University’s Office of Veterans and Military Services.

Panel Discussion: The Geopolitical, Historical, Security, and Personal Implications of 9/11
Friday, September 10, at 1:00 p.m.
DeSales University Center, Commonwealth Room

The Office of Veterans and Military Services is sponsoring a panel discussion focusing on the geopolitical, historical, security, and personal implications of September 11th.

Panelists include SFC Victor Arocho ’21, U.S. Army National Guard; Kara Rhoads, a retired FBI agent; Ahmet Yayla, Ph.D., director of the Center for Homeland Security; and Andrew Essig, Ph.D., professor of political science.

Daniel Gallagher ’00 Memorial Conference Room Re-Dedication Ceremony
Friday, September 10, at 5:00 p.m.
Daniel Gallagher ’00 Memorial Conference Room, Gambet Center, Room 245 

The Daniel Gallagher ’00 Memorial Conference Room will have a new sign installed, and 9/11 artifacts donated by the Gallagher family will be displayed. Family, friends, and faculty members will also share memories of Gallagher, and Father Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, vice president for mission, will offer a prayer and special room blessing.