In response to recent terrorist attacks in France, Lebanon and Iraq, three Franklin & Marshall College student groups led a candlelight vigil of remembrance and peace at the site of the College's September 11 Memorial Nov. 16.
On Nov. 13, three teams of terrorists from the Syria-based Islamic State group carried out attacks at six sites in Paris, detonating seven suicide bombs, killing 129 people and wounding 350. The victims came from 19 nations. That same day, a suicide bomber killed at least 13 people at a funeral in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. A day earlier, 40 were killed in a terror attack in Beirut.
"In the face of violence and hate, we should remember that we are a resilient people who believe in the best of humanity," President Daniel R. Porterfield said in a message to students, faculty and staff the day before the vigil. "The F&M community is a vibrant sample of the larger world in which we live. Our members come from across the country and the globe. Moments like these call us to acknowledge the pain that humans can inflict upon each other and to recommit to being agents of change and peace."