University of Dayton holds ‘blue mass’ for first responders

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton’s daily service became a blue mass to honor the university’s first responders.

Organizers say this is the third year they’ve held the blue mass and wanted to recognize the significance of Patriot Day and the lives lost in the September 11 attacks.

“It was a tragedy for our country and for so many people in different ways,” said Crystal Sullivan, Executive Director of Campus Ministry. “Especially, it was a tragedy for those first responders who lost loved ones who attempted to save the lives of others and to protect the community in which they commit themselves. That sense of first responders committing themselves to the community is something we celebrate here at UD.”

The Student Government Association also honored those who died in the 9/11 attacks with 2,977 flags placed in the Kennedy Union field, one for each person killed.

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