Sept. 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance

Eastern Kentucky University will host a series of programs and service projects between Friday, Sept. 9th, 2016 and Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in remembrance of heroes who have served their communities and nation since the tragic events on that date in 2001. All programs are open to the campus and local community.

The National Day of Remembrance and Service is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by family members of those directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001, to honor victims of the attacks, as well as first responders and veterans. 

The full schedule of events:

One Day Blood Drive Challenge: the University is hosting a Kentucky Blood Center Blood Drive, sponsored by the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday September 9th, and from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11th in the Kennamer Room of the Powell Building as part of the One Day Blood Drive Project. EKU is the only One Day Blood Drive Project site in Kentucky. Last year, the University community contributed more than 100 units of blood, and the goal this year is 110 units – for the number of floors in the stories in twin towers. To sign up for the blood drive, visit

HERE for September 9 or HERE for September 11 to sign up in advance.

Kids Fest

The Richmond Parks and Recreation Department needs volunteers for the 16th Annual Kids Fest, Saturday, September 10th. This event is a major community program held each year for the Richmond community as its free and open to the public.

It will feature stage acts, walk around characters & community booths for children 2-12.

Some activities include running games and activities, face painting, assisting as needed with breaks, etc. and filling up/distributing balloons. You can work more than one shift per day or weekend.

Upon signing up you will be asked to indicate what types of activities you would like to assist with. You will be assigned to a task based on the needs of each shift.

Sign up on OrgSync for one of the 3 shifts:

•             Shift #1: 9:30am-1:00pm (3.5 hours)

•             Shift #2: 12:30pm-4:00pm (3.5 hours)

•             Shift #3: 3:30- clean up 6:30pm-7:00pm (approx. 3-3.5 hours).

The Big Dip Redux - Eastern Kentucky Stream Sampling Event

September 10th & 11th – Sign up by Sept 7th at 11:59 PM

Want to learn more about stream health and water quality? Then join us on September 10th & 11th as we test water all over Eastern Kentucky! EKU’s Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship Program is collaborating with Hazard Community & Technical College, Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, Headwaters Inc., Eastern Kentucky University and Pathfinders of Perry County Kentucky for a FUN 9/11 National Day of Service project.

Local lodging provided at Lilley Cornett Woods bunkhouse local lodging accommodations, and some meals accommodations provided. Lunch & dinner Saturday, Breakfast & lunch Sunday provided.

Vans will depart EKU Saturday 9/10 8:00 a.m and return Sunday 9/11 by 6:00 p.m.

Sign Up Here:

9/11 Memorial Service: 8:30 a.m., Sunday, September 11th, Memorial Plaza, outside Powell Building. Sponsored by EKU ROTC, the Memorial Ceremony will include remembrances by University Officials, Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes, and other local leaders.

Memorial Stair Climbs and Ceremony: 6-11 p.m., EKU Center for the Arts and Keene Hall. The stair climbs are sponsored by the College of Justice & Safety, EKU Housing and the EKU Center for the Arts. The ceremony will feature a short 9/11 memorial service at the EKU Center for the Arts, followed by the Memorial Stair Climb at Keene Hall.  The schedule: Registration from, 6:00-7:30 p.m., EKU Center for the Arts; 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, 7:45 p.m., EKU Center for the Arts, Climb at Keene Hall, immediately following ceremony until 11 p.m.

Those not able to be in attendance at the climb can also participate in the climb by climbing in spirit with us on one of the Stair Steppers at the Fitness & Wellness Center Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th.

Faculty and Staff who participate will be credited participation with HealthyYou at EKU

Also, throughout Friday and Sunday EKU Student Life & First Year Experience will be set up outside the Powell Student Center and at the Memorial Stair Climb helping create “Holiday Cards for Heroes” for Military Missions in Lexington. The holiday messages will be sent to active military, veterans, those in military hospitals, and their families.