Sunday, September 11, 2016 was the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a terror attack that shook the nation. The brothers of Alpha Phi Delta and the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma along with help from the counciling center held a candle light vigil. During this ceremony the men and women who lost their lives that day, and in the 15 years since, while protecting this country were honored.
Cinthia Andrade sang the Star Spangled Banner to kick off the ceremony. This was then followed by a short video that gave some background information to those too young to remember the tragedy. Most of the students that attended the event were between the ages of five and eight, and therefore did not remember this day except for small memories. However, all of us have grown up with the war that succeeded it, and were taught to honor and show respect on this day. Christian Vergnes, a brother of Alpha Phi Delta, spoke more in depth about honoring the fallen and his experience that day.
Dr. Rosa Amnent, head of counciling then asked members of the audience to share what they remembered. After many volunteers, strong emotions, and interactive activities everyone walked around Choate Pond to the 9/11 memorial piece in silence.
On September 11, 2001 Pace University lost over 35 students and faculty to these horrific attacks. The New York City campus is situated a few blocks from where the World Trade Center stood. Our students worked throughout the building, and on this day several did not make it. Our campus comes together each year on this day to honor all that lost their lives, especially our own.