SUNY Cortland plans 9/11 memorial ceremony

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BY: Jenel Colon

The SUNY Cortland Emergency Medical Services (SCEMS) chief will reflect upon the sacrifice that many first responders made on Sept. 11, 2001, during the College’s annual memorial ceremony.

“The number of people on the campus that are from that area of New York is overwhelming,” said the student emergency squad chief, Devin Stives. “Most students know someone or are personally impacted by the attacks on 9/11. So it is important to take the time to reflect on a day that everyone remembers so vividly.”

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In 2011, students and other members of the campus community marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. They are shown during a candle-lit ceremony on the steps of Corey Union.

Members of the College and Cortland-area community are welcome to attend the event at 7 p.m. on the steps of Corey Union. The SCEMS invited the region’s first responders to participate. The ceremony will move inside the building in the event of rain.

Two SUNY Cortland alumni, Gordon Valentine ’68 and Pete Dady ’74, will honor the seven alumni who were lost in the catastrophe.

SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum will recall the events of that tragic day and honor its victims.

“I think it is very important for our students to hear different perspectives on what happened that day, to be able to reflect on the attacks and receive a seed of wisdom on how to live a life,” he said.

At 12:05 p.m. that day, the Interfaith Center invites those of all faiths to share their expressions of “Sorrow and Hope: Remembering 9/11.”


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