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PHC Students Team With Town For 9/11 Memorial

August 31st, 2006

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CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8727


The town of Purcellville is teaming up with two students from Patrick Henry College to host a September 11 memorial for those who fell to the terrorist attacks five years ago. Nat Kurcab, a senior, and Nick Butterfield, a junior, are undergraduate fellows of the D.C. based nonprofit, bi-partisan think tank, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). The organization, which produces independent, educational analyses of the historic and ideological roots of global terrorism, is sponsoring the memorial, featuring a five kilometer run on the historic Washington and Old Dominion trail.

Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro will speak at the event which kicks off at 3:15 pm, September 11th , on the steps of Founders Hall at Patrick Henry College. The 5-K run will also start at Founders Hall and continue along the scenic W&OD trail, concluding back on the PHC campus. Student organizers are coordinating the event with the Town of Purcellville Planning and Police departments to ensure a safe, fun, and memorable event. Though many of the participants in the event will be students from Patrick Henry College, the event is open to the community.

The town of Purcellville has also invited Patrick Henry College students to attend the town’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony later that evening, beginning at 7:00 pm at Purcellville Town Hall. Congressman Frank Wolf will speak at that ceremony.

As FDD fellows, Kurcab, Butterfield, and forty other students from across the nation recently participated in a late-summer, two week trip to Israel, during which they underwent extensive training on the terrorism threat to democracies across the world. As part of their FDD fellowship, they will host five events at Patrick Henry College, of which the September 11th memorial is the first. Among their other goals is to bring speakers of varying ethnic and religious backgrounds to campus throughout the school year.

For more information contact:

Nicholas Butterfield

Nathanael Kurcab

Patrick Henry College
David Halbrook, Director of Communications