SUNY Canton students and faculty are organizing a memorial in remembrance of September 11th that will feature a speaker who spent time in New York City and assisted in the recovery efforts for nearly a year.
The College’s Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) will present the ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary beginning at 8 a.m. on September 12 at the Roselle Plaza, adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is free and open to the community. Parking will be available in Parking Lot 13.
“It’s critical we take this opportunity to remember those who lost their lives, including the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to help others,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Ten years later, we are still grappling to further understand what happened on that tragic day. I applaud our Criminal Justice students for taking the initiative to host this event and several faculty members for playing a critical role in organizing it.”
The memorial’s theme will be patriotism and recovery. The keynote speaker will be New York State Trooper Robert M. Parcell, who was assigned to ground zero as a dog handler and spent a year in New York City assisting with recovery efforts.
Senior William R. Francis of Albion was one of the CSJA students who played an important role in this year’s ceremony.
“We should never forget 9/11 because it has forged the country we now live in,” he said. “Like Pearl Harbor, it will forever be a day that lives in infamy. It marked a turning point for my generation.”
Among the other distinguished guests will be Assemblymember Addie J. Russell and Canton Mayor Charlotte Ramsay. Russell will address the crowd, as will President Kennedy. All fire stations and EMS personnel in St. Lawrence County have also been invited to the event and the Canton and Potsdam fire departments will provide ladder trucks from which a huge American flag will fly.
Several SUNY Canton faculty members and employees will be taking part in the service. The Color Guard will feature SUNY Canton University Police Officers Brian J. Perry and Byron Davis. Susan E. Buckley, department chair of the criminal justice, law enforcement leadership and criminal investigation programs, and Robert L. Edwards, professor of criminal investigation, will lay the wreath. William J. Fassinger, associate professor of criminal investigation, also played an integral role in the organization of the ceremony.
While the SUNY Canton did not lose any alumni in the attacks that they are aware of, several took part in the recovery efforts including Brigadier General Fergal Foley, a 1980 alumnus. He served as the Department of Defense Chief of Staff and Acting Commander for the Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” from Sept. 11 through Sept. 29, 2001.
The College has hosted a memorial for September 11th each of the last nine years.
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