ECU Students Organize "Victory For America Day"

A group of East Carolina University students gathered outside the Mendenhall Student Center Monday afternoon to celebrate what they called "Victory for America Day".

Lynnette, not as many people showed up to the event as organizers would have liked, but about a dozen people celebrated Osama bin Laden's death and what it means for our country.

Ashley Clasen is originally from Long Island, New York. She was just 10 years old September 11, 2001, but still remembers that day well and the pain many of her family's friends went through.

"I know countless people between neighbors, friends, parents, uncles, brothers, cousins, people who were engaged, people who were expecting children - so in that sense, it was really rough to watch the families around me suffer," said Clasen.

Clasen was one of a small group of East Carolina University students who gathered on campus to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks.

"To know that the one man who came up with this plan is gone, it's peace of mind. It's almost as if the families we knew that lost people could finally rest in peace knowing that justice has been served," said Clasen.

Outgoing Student Government Association President Tremayne Smith says the event was also meant to instill greater patriotism in the student body - one of the reasons Christopher Hewitt showed up.

"Osama bin Laden's death - great thing. Hopefully this will bring america together as a whole and patriotism, morale will be higher than it has been the past few years," said Hewitt.

ECU's Director of Security Studies, Dr. Jalil Roshandel, warns that while morale may now be higher, terrorism is still a threat to Americans.

"We should not take it slightly, or easy. We should continue to be vigilant about everything that happens around us, around the world," said Dr. Roshandel.

Clasen and others acknowledged this warning by also honoring the military during Monday's event - for all they've done, and all they'll continue to do.

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 3, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    This is another reason why I'm proud to say East Carolina University is my alma mater. Ashley of Greenville, both our Military and Osama's death are being celebrated. GO PIRATES! GO USA!
  • by Karen Location: Kinston on May 3, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    I think this was a great thing to do. I know it was a celebration about our militaries accomplishments. They put their lives at risk for our country. My hats off to each and every person serving in our military. We love you. We respect you. We thank you.
  • by Ashley Location: Greenville on May 2, 2011 at 08:41 PM
    We were out there to celebrate our military, not Osama's death!
  • by Ashley Location: Washington on May 2, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    Who in the world made this about ECU..yes some ECU students wanted to have a rally to Thank our Troops for a Job well done thats it..get a life
  • by BARFIEgvilleLD on May 2, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    ECU was not celebrating death...Come on WITN (NBC)!
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on May 2, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    I wish I had know about this "Victory For America Day" gathering. I would have been there and I think many others would have also. Not sure why communication about this was so poor across campus but I can guess. ECU has been heralded as one of the most military friendly universities in the nation. The accomplishment of the special ops team alone should have been celebrated on campus. One mission that was actually well defined, executed and maintained scope to a successful conclusion. Amazing and deserved kudos.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    Z...what is wrong with you? No one made it about ECU. Wow!
  • by Z on May 2, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    Leave it up to these students to claim some kind of glory for ECU.

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