At 10:28 a.m. on Sept. 11, the HWS community joined on the steps of the Scandling Campus Center to offer a moment of reflection and remembrance of those lost during the 2001 terrorist attacks. Set to begin at the time which marks the moment the second tower of the World Trade Center collapsed, event organizer Rebecca Czajkowski ‘18 led the ceremony. Her mother, Traci Tack- Czajkowski P’18 was a detective with the New York Police Department who responded to the attack, and recently passed away after a 3-year battle with lung cancer.
“Thank you all for gathering here today to remember the victims of 9/11, some of which are the family members, friends, and loved ones of people on this campus,” Czajkowski said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my mother, and today I’m made to confront her killers’ meticulously planned attacks that killed thousands of moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends and so on. I’m so sorry for your loss and for the loss of our community. It is my hope that by gathering together we are able to not only move on, but use the experience to make each other stronger.”
As other students and community members reflected, Czajkowski recorded on a whiteboard the timeline of events from that day which began at 7:59 a.m. with the American Airlines Flight 11 departing Boston with 81 passengers and 11 crew members.
“The importance of events like this is that we still have people whose lives are still being touched by this tragedy in this community and around the world,” says Chaplain Maurice Charles. “By stopping to reflect we honor not only the memory of those who are dead, but also offer a community of love and support for those who are still affected.”
The campus community was invited to join again for a “Remembering 9/11” luminaria event in the evening. Students will begin lining the pathway to the Scandling Campus Center with laterns at 5:30 p.m. Czajkowski also coordinated the luminaria, all are welcome to participate.
Earlier on Friday morning, members of the Kappa Alpha Society placed 2,977 American flags on the hill of the Quad, each flag representing the life of a person lost in the attacks.
“Our goal was 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.
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.
Locally, members of the Winnek American Legion Post 396 in Geneva and officials from the Syracuse VA Medical Center are hosting a Sept. 11 employment and education fair at the Lochland Road Legion. Led by Gus Pierce ’16, Phi Sigma Kappa members will be assisting with set up and take down of the tables and chairs at the event.
On campus, the U.S. flags were lowered to half-staff in remembrance of Sept. 11.