Today the SUNY Oswego community joins the rest of the nation in remembering the 17-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

In honoring the nearly 3,000 lives we lost that day, including 12 SUNY Oswego alumni (listed below), our campus will ring the carillon bells 17 times at 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m. and 10:03 a.m., marking the exact times of the plane crashes that occurred at the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Flags on campus will also be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in recognition of Patriot Day.

Our students have already been active in offering memorials and thoughts on those lost and impacted on that fateful day. On Wednesday, September 5, SUNY Oswego College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom sponsored a remembrance where student organizations, veterans, first responders, faculty, staff, administrators and community members planted 2,996 flags to remember every person killed in the terrorist attacks. On Friday, September 7, the Student Association hosted a memorial for the 12 alumni we lost that day.

You can visit the 9/11 Memorial Garden between Glimmerglass Lagoon to see the memorial for those alumni lost 17 years ago:

James Potorti ’72
Wendy Morris Faulkner ’74           

Leo Roberts ’79
Michael O'Brien ’81
Michael Collins ’84   
Richard Caproni ’89
Michael Hannan ’89
Michael Cawley ’91
Melissa Renee Vincent ’94
Scott Bart ’95
James Woods ’97 
Michelle Bratton ’00

For students, faculty and staff on campus, please take a moment to stop what you are doing when the bells ring this morning, and join the greater SUNY Oswego community in a moment of silence. For those members of our wider campus family, I hope you will join us during these moments of silence to commemorate the attacks on our nation 17 years ago and remember the families, friends and Oswego alumni we lost that day.

Deborah F. Stanley