On Sept. 11, 2011, the campus community marked the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks with a silent march across campus, a salute at the 9/11 memorial garden and a weekend of public service. Here, we share remembrances penned by students, faculty and staff at the memorial garden.
As the son of a now-retired NYC police officer, I will never forget how lucky I was to receive a phone call from my father that day assuring me of his well-being. May God bless those lost in the attacks that day as well as their families and may God continue to bless those members of the NYPD and FDNY who continue to sacrifice their lives every day to do what they love. Never forget.
— Patrick Cavlin ’13, Meteorology, Brooklyn
I remember panic and uncertainty. I remember smoke and unsettled dust. I remember tears shed for those lost. What I see now is a country that has overcome all of those things for preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. God bless America.
— Joey McPartlin ’11, Freeport
I remember coming home and hearing the F-16s in the skies above, the smoke spreading through the skies, and the loving embrace of my parents. . . . Now as an adult, a proud New Yorker, firefighter and EMT, I could not even imagine if I was called to a horrific disaster such as at Ground Zero. But I know if I am [called], I hope that I have courage as the 343 did, ten years ago today.
— Luke Carbonaro ’14, Social Studies Education, Ossonma
I was 11 years old on Sept. 11, 2001. My father was in the city when the attacks occurred. I remember how frightened I felt and [then] how blessed when I knew he was OK. I pray for the victims and their families.
— Lynn Georgi ’12, Childhood Education, Walden
My heart goes out to all of the families who lost someone on 9/11. I am forever grateful to the men and women who helped save lives on that day. My father was at Ground Zero after the attacks and I am grateful to say he was lucky enough to not have his life taken on 9/11. Forever in my heart.
— Chasee Reilly ’14, Business Administration, Medford
Remembering Shelly Bratton ’00 as a great person and athlete. Shelly was a diver for the Lakers. We think of her often. Our prayers are with all those who suffered that day.
— John Moore, Oswego State Swimming and Diving coach, and Karen Moore, SUNY Oswego staff
I remember believing my mother was one of the victims on that awful day. Now I am just glad that she wasn’t and my heart and prayers go out to the families that cannot say the same.
— Charisse Thompson ’14, Public Relations, Bronx
I was serving in the Peace Corps in a Muslim village. I remember confusion and detachment as I watched my neighbor’s one-channel television, frustration as friends and co-workers asked me to explain what I did not understand myself, [and] a sense of belonging in the small community as Muslim friends offered to watch out for and protect me in the days and weeks that followed.
— Abigail Stamm ’05