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HWS Remembers 9/11 with Reflection

As the nation marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Hobart and William Smith will observe the day of remembrance with the Geneva Community.

Students will join in a memorial event led by the Geneva police and fire departments at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the lakefront by Long Pier.

In addition, in an act of respect and remembrance, the names of all of those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be read aloud from the lawn outside of St. John’s Chapel on Monday, Sept. 12,  from 12:45 until 3:45 p.m. At the conclusion, Chaplain Lesley Adams will lead a reflection service.

Following the ceremony, students and other HWS community will take a bus to visit the 9/11 exhibit at the Geneva Public Library. Geneva was selected as one of 30 cities and towns across the state to host artifacts from the remains of the Twin Towers. Fragments of glass and aluminum from the building, steel molded by workers into religious symbols, and photographs and messages from families affected by the tragedy. 

The Geneva Public Library also will be open on Sunday, Sept. 11.

For the past few weeks, the Hobart and William Smith community has reflected on those who died on that tragic day by observing a quilt that is on display in the Scandling Campus Center. It was created in commemoration of 9/11 two years ago. On each quilt square, students recorded a pledge to perform at least one good deed that day.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is also partnering with MyGoodDeed and HandsOn to create a national PSA campaign, “I will (pay tribute).” Relatives of 9/11 victims, volunteers and celebrities will lend their stories and encourage people across the nation to honor those who died through good deeds and service. As the Colleges honor this day of reflection with the Corporation, the community is encouraged to watch the organization’s PSAs at http://911day.org/.

For more information about the events, contact CCESL at serve@hws.edu.

The photo above was taken during the Sept. 11 memorial service in 2010 on the Quad.