Clarkson, SLU Remember Alumni Who Died In 9/11 Attacks

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A Clarkson University alumnus who worked at Ground Zero as part of a group who led the 9/11 clean-up says the experience was surreal at times and one that still haunts him.

Michael Bielawa was among those who remembered the 2001 terror attacks during a ceremony on campus Wednesday.

Four Clarkson alumni died in the attack on the World Trade Center.

Bielawa is responsible for securing three steel girders, once used as a window frame on the 55th floor of the South Tower, that now make up a memorial sculpture on the Clarkson campus.

"It began to hit home that this just wasn't a New York thing. It just wasn't the U.S., it was the world," he said.

A large turnout of military personnel, veterans and police joined with the campus community at the memorial for a moment of silence.

Meanwhile, on the St. Lawrence University campus, students blanketed a section of the quad with 2,996 American flags in honor of those who lost their lives in the terror attacks.

Five larger flags were also placed in tribute to those St. Lawrence alumni who died as a result of the attacks.

Members of the SLU Republicans started the tradition several years ago and were joined this year by members of the SLU Democrats and SLU Students For Liberty.

The flags will be removed after 24 hours.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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