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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