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Rensselaer marked the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with a memorial service outside the Rensselaer Union. Featured speakers included President Shirley Ann Jackson, Vice President for Student Life Timothy Sams, and Grand Marshal Lee Sharma. In addition, Rensselaer chaplains Iman Djafer Sebkhaoui and the Rev. Beth Illingworth also spoke.
The Rensselyrics sang the national anthem and members of the ROTC Color Guard from each of the military branches at Rensselaer presented the flags, followed by a moment of silence.
“Public commemorations, like this one, give us the opportunity to draw from each other’s strength; to honor publicly those we appreciate, for their lives, their actions in some cases, their heroism or simply the time we spent together; and, in a sense, to pay a debt to those who paid a price, who sacrificed so much on 9/11 and in the years that have followed,” said President Jackson in her remarks. “Ten years ago, our community grieved, but we also stepped into action. We cancelled classes at 1 p.m. so that students and staff could assist in a blood drive. (The blood drives have continued each year, including today.) We raised funds for the families of those who were lost, and we organized discussion forums to share information and to engender understanding and tolerance.”
To read the full remarks, go to www.rpi.edu/president/speeches/ps091111-memorial.html.