The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund housed at Urbana University will host two events this year to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, including Alicia Nicole Titus, a longtime resident of Champaign County. Alicia will always be remembered as a loving, compassionate and wise young woman who believed strongly in the beauty of diversity and that we can learn to live peaceably with one another.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Urbana University Student Center, the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m. The 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run for Peace starts and finishes at the Student Center with live music, plenty of post-race food, unique awards and lots of Peacebuilding activities for the children. First responders will be honored and are invited to participate; the team with the most participants will be presented a special “traveling” award made from one of the steel beams of the World Trade Center Towers. Registration is available online at http://www.cantstoprunningco.com, or can be mailed into Urbana University, 579 College Way Urbana, Ohio 43078. ATTN: Tammy Leiker. Registration forms can be found on the Urbana University website and The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund page.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m., Urbana University’s Student Center will be the site of a very special event, a “Community Day of Remembrance,“ to honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001. John and Bev Titus, parents of Alicia and co-founders of the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund, will give a brief talk; the amazing World House Choir will perform; and Marianne Williamson, bestselling author, world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important spiritual voices of our time will give the keynote address. Marianne’s latest book, Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment, written with warm compassion and profound wisdom, offers us a powerful way forward through pain and suffering to a deeper awareness of our feelings, our lives and our true selves. She argues that we-as a culture and as individuals-have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing.
The Tituses consider Marianne a personal friend who has helped them considerably over the years in their own healing journey after Alicia’s death. “Marianne has been a wise and loving presence in our lives since the death of Alicia; her warm compassion and wise counsel has helped us turn our grief into a force for good and given us hope in times of despair,” stated John.
Please join Marianne, the World House Choir and the Tituses for these special events to commemorate all lives lost to violence on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. For more information please contact Bev Titus at 937-663-5360 or Tammy Leiker at 937-772-9246. We encourage everyone who wishes to attend to RSVP by Sept. 1 to reserve your seat.
Submitted by John and Bev Titus, co-founders of the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund.