During a somber Patriot Day ceremony at Tri-County Community College (TCCC) college faculty, staff, and students joined community members and local public safety personnel to reflect on the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for being here today,” said Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, TCCC president, as she welcomed the crowd. “None of us will ever be able to forget where we were when we first heard the news break or where we watched the events that came after.”
Attendees of the event sang along with the Tri-County Early College (TCEC) choir’s rendition of the national anthem before Bo Gray, vice president for college and community initiatives at TCCC, shared a recap of the events of that early Tuesday morning, 15 years ago.
Public safety officials from the community came out to the event in uniform, where they received a moment of recognition and applause from the audience.
“More than 400 first responders lost their lives in the events of 9/11,” Gray said. “So I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the public safety personnel we have here with us today.”
On display was a piece of recovered steel from the World Trade Center, which Gray encouraged the crowd to touch and examine as they reflected upon the tragedy.
TCEC students Julie Mays and Tiffany Johnson lent their talents to the ceremony, playing Taps and singing “America the Beautiful” respectively, before the event concluded.
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