Clarkson Honors 9/11 Victims In Campus Ceremony

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Members of the Clarkson University community in Potsdam joined together at the campus's World Trade Center Memorial for a ceremony to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Several steel beams from the fallen Twin Towers stand as a memorial at Clarkson to those who died in the attacks.

Four Clarkson alumni were among the thousands who lost their lives.

Organizers say the memorial ceremony unites those who attend and provides an opportunity to not only honor the many lives lost, but also the brave acts of heroism.

"Help us at times of distress, fear and uncertainty," Abul Khondker said.

"Keep us united as peoples of diverse faiths, colors and races. Keep this country strong in the path of righteousness and protect humanity from the evil of terrorism," he said.

"Perhaps within the healing process as individuals today, we are dealing with the memories in our own private way," said Steve Newkofsky, Clarkson's vice president of alumni relations.

"And as communities, gatherings such as this, this morning - on the morning of the 11th anniversary - gives everyone the strength to recover, but never forget."

"We shouldn't have to wait for tragedies to understand that education is the solution to all of our global problems, whether they be physical or emotional, they rid the world of hate, prejudice and terror," said Clarkson President Tony Collins.

"So each and everyone of you, I ask that you join me to, each day, not wait for tragedy, but to reach out to people in an atmosphere of caring and sharing to remove the world of the causes of the terrible tragedy of 9/11," Collins said.
 
Clarkson obtained the World Trade Center steel for its memorial through the efforts of 1985 alum Michael Bielawa, who helped supervise cleanup and recovery efforts at ground zero.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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