Northwood University is dedicated to advancing freedom, an especially poignant calling as the world observes the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on that tragic day in 2001 when terrorists hijacked jetliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. We look back on that day with sorrow and reverence. At the same time, we honor the many people who responded to the events by stepping forward to defend the way of life we hold so dear.
Freedom, it has often been pointed out, is not free. Nor is it easy. It requires great sacrifice on the part of many people. And there may be no more important sacrifice than that made by the men and women who choose to serve in the armed forces, agreeing to give up many of their liberties so the rest of us can fully exercise ours. On this historic occasion, let us remember those individuals and the sacrifices they have made. In particular, please recognize the many Northwood students, alumni, employees, and friends who have chosen to serve. Northwood has repeatedly earned Gold Star Status as a Military Friendly School, and we are honored to have many heroes among us.
It’s impossible to comprehend why the September 11 attacks occurred, but one thing is certain: many worldwide views the American free-enterprise system with disdain. Yet Northwood University is unwavering in our mission to develop transformative leaders of a global free-enterprise society – a system in which visionaries with passion, commitment, and perseverance can be successful, regardless of gender, race, creed, or caste.
It is important, therefore, as we observe the somber anniversary of the September 11 attacks to remember those who were lost, as well as the enduring freedoms that prevail.