Clarkson University Observes 9/11 AnniversaryPosted: Updated:
Clarkson University remembered the four alumni who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks during a ceremony on campus Monday morning.
ROTC cadets from area colleges took part in the observance in front of a monument forged from steel from the World Trade Center. The cadets were just children on that terrible day, but they say those events still motivate them.
“This is why I joined the military. You see your nation under attack, you have to protect it. That's why I want to serve," said Kerri Temme, cadet battalion commander.
“It definitely applies to us. And I think mostly that part of the reason we haven't had something as bad as 9/11, something that significant, is that we're still over there and still working and still defending our country,” said Curran Doyle, cadet sergeant major.
Keynote speaker Lieutenant Colonel Eric Backus, a Clarkson faculty member who formerly commanded the 479th Engineer Battalion at Fort Drum, talked about how that day is seared into our memories and called on everyone to act.