As the nation pauses for the remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Hobart and William Smith community is offering several opportunities to gather, reflect and honor the lives lost 14 years ago.
The HWS community lost three alumni in the World Trade Center that day: Andrew H. Golkin ’93, who majored in economics, was a member of the football team, Kappa Sigma, Inter-fraternity Council and the International Business Club; Scott W. Rohner ’01, who majored in economics and played basketball and football; and Michael J. Simon ’83, P’11, P’13, who majored in economics and was a member of Theta Delta Chi.
This year, on Friday, Sept. 11, the Kappa Alpha Society will place 2,977 American flags on the hill of the Quad early Friday morning – a flag for each life taken.
“Our goal is to create a powerful and beautiful image that serves as a reminder to the campus community about the severity and tragedy of that September morning,” says John (Jack) Slattery ’16, social chair of Kappa Alpha. “We felt it was important to do something out in the open that was accessible to everyone on campus to show the significance of this day on our community and our nation.”
Slattery, a native of Brooklyn, was able to see the World Trade Center from his second-grade classroom.
On Friday night, the campus community is also invited to join together in thought and reflection for a “Remembering 9/11” luminaria that will line the pathway to the Scandling Campus Center. The luminaries are free and volunteers are welcome to join in the tabling efforts during the day or on Friday evening. There will be a moment of silence at 10:28 a.m., marking the time when the second tower collapse.
“We’re hoping that by having a luminaria to remember Sept. 11, community members will be able to express and share their grief for the victims,” says luminaria coordinator Rebecca Czajkowski ’18. “Fourteen years later the wound 9/11 left is still open, but we have to heal together. It is my hope that this luminaria can help those at HWS be there for one another and make us stronger.”
Locally, members of the Winnek American Legion Post 396 in Geneva and officials from the Syracuse VA Medical Center will host a Sept. 11 employment and education fair at the Lochland Road Legion. Led by Gus Pierce ’16, Phi Sigma Kappa members have volunteered to assist with set up and take down of the tables and chairs at the event.
On campus, the U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of Sept. 11.