While the events of Sept. 11, 2001, remain indelibly etched in the minds of most Americans alive at the time, that day is even more pivotal in the lives of area residents and Urbana University graduates John and Beverly Titus. Their daughter, Alicia Titus, lost her life while serving as a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175 when it flew into the south tower of the World Trade Center.
As a result of this tragedy, the family has channeled their grief into good, establishing the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund at Urbana University to honor the exuberant young woman whose life was dedicated to the pursuit of peaceful living among human beings and loving service to others. As her father, John, has reflected, “Alicia totally opposed violence, hate, prejudice, killing or any unkind act against another living thing. Her true nature and human existence were totally opposite of the evil forces that took her life.”
Since 2002 the Peace Fund has sponsored more than 30 projects and events, including the popular Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run held in Urbana on the second Saturday of September. This year, in an effort to promote peace by giving back to Alicia’s community, a “day of service” has been organized. Co-sponsored by the city of Urbana, this initiative will enable volunteers to serve at one of several projects throughout the city between Sunday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 12.
“Serving together to meet a need is one of the greatest ways to promote a culture of peace,” notes Bev Titus. “We have seen this work in other communities. It is exciting to bring it here to Urbana.”
Contact [email protected] to learn more about the projects or to volunteer to serve. To donate to the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund, contact University Advancement, Urbana University, 579 College Way, Urbana, Ohio, 43078 or 937-772-9246.
The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run will return in 2016, along with a number of events recognizing the 15th anniversary of 9-11-01.