Carillon rings for Sept. 11

Jennifer Kang

People of all different backgrounds and ages gathered in front of the Pat Neff Hall Tower as Baylor’s Carillonneur Lynnette Geary played a memorial recital on Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

The memorial recital started off with contemplative pieces, such as “Doxology” by Geneva Psalter and “A Somber Pavan” by Ronald Barnes. Geary played hymns for all members of the armed forces, while finishing off with a song that was written for the Sept. 11 attacks and another song called “In Paradisum” that shows blessings for the dead.

In 2001, Geary heard of the attacks and felt that playing the carillon was the only thing she could give back. Geary played her first memorial recital in 2002 and has played every subsequent year.

“This is a message of hope, not despair,” Geary said. “This is a moment to think about what has happened and where we can go from here.”

Waco residents also came to pay homage to those involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.

According to Dee Jarrett, Waco resident, this memorial recital is a way for her to just think and remember what happened on Sept. 11.

“I hope people can just see how important it is to remember those people that lost their lives in innocence from an act of terrorism,” Jarrett said.

One student, Raleigh, North Carolina, freshman Karen Sultan, said it was a special moment because someone took the initiative to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks.

“The biggest reason why I wanted to come to this recital was because it was commemorating the Sept. 11 tragedy,” Sultan said. “I also like the setting of the recital, because people who aren’t sitting right in front of the carillon can still hear it from far away.”