The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host “Red Memorial,” an event to celebrate the lives of students who died during the past academic year. The ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. April 15 at Broyhill Fountain on the Nebraska Union Memorial Plaza.
This is the second year UNL hosts this event. Matt Hecker, dean of students, said the campus embraced the opportunity to remember students’ last year and this year should be no different.
“What unites us is our shared identity as Huskers — and while we wish death wouldn’t visit our campus, sometimes it does,” Hecker said. “This event provides a pause to honor the memory of the UNL students we lost over the past 12 months.”
Students who will be remembered are Brianna Anson, Anwesha Dey, Ryan Groene, Jack Hurt and Jawaun La’Vell Gaines.
Red Memorial began in 2015 at the request of deceased student Keaton Klein’s family. Klein had a long-standing dream to turn the fountains red and the lighting began to honor his memory. The memorial is non-denominational and will include a brief introduction; reading of students’ names; a musical performance; a moment of reflection; the lighting of Broyhill Fountain; and a balloon release.
The memorial service is free and open to the public.
For more information on the Red Memorial, call 402-472-2021.