A day to remember: 9/11

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CF student Daniil Shakhov takes a moment to reflect on the lives lost on the tragic day of 9/11. Photo by Makare Anya.

On Sept. 11, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Center in building 11 at the College of Central Florida, an annual event took place devoted to remembering the terrifying events from Sept. 11, 2001 in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

At the opening of the ceremony, CF student Alex Leon played the trumpet in front of those who gathered to remember. There were lots of students, professors and even the EMS troop with its Program Facilitator, Rod McGinnes. Moreover, considering the fact that this event took place on Friday morning, where there are usually not a lot of students attending classes, or even awake, it still brought hundreds of people together.

Mikel James and Marjorie McGee, administrators of CF’s Student Activities Board, were hosting the event. They were really excited about the amount of people that showed up for the event that morning. McGee said that she had a friend who lost his father during the events of 9/11, and she also shared a story about her and Mikel’s trip to New York few years ago.

“Mikel and I were lucky enough to go to New York a few years ago, and we found my friend’s dad’s name in the memorial,” McGee said.

During the ceremony, Jessyca Thibault read about the hope and union of the United States; she also read about the freedom that Americans have, and how differently they see it.

“Think about how blessed we are as a nation, as people to be free; free to think, act, speak, and dream,” said Thibault.

CF staff members made a Time Line Event for everyone to see. Dr. Saul Reyes, CF Vice President of Students Affairs was found talking to numerous students and faculty during the event. Reyes shared his emotions about the 9/11 event. He also said that his son started serving in the army right after 9/11 happened.

“We will continue to remember because it touched so many lives here and all around the world,” Reyes said.

When the event was over and everyone began to return to their daily lives, Selestine Poole, the Director of Sercies at the Math Lab at CF, took a moment to reflect. She said her son was serving in the United States Air Force at that time.

“It’s very breathtaking, and it just takes you back,” Poole said.

By the end of the ceremony, a performance by Crystal Ortega was heard as she sang Amazing Grace.

While the victims and brave men and women lost that day are gone, we are here and alive, and those victims and heroes will always live in our hearts.

By: Makare Anya

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