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A 9/11 message to the college community from President Di Pasquale

Sept. 9, 2011

The CCRI community observes 9/11 tragedy with a moment of silence. Ten years ago – on Sept. 11, 2001 – two jets rocketed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers. A third crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a lonely field in Pennsylvania.

Our reality changed forever. Acts of terrorism had occurred around the globe for decades, but now we had been touched by horrendous deeds perpetrated on our own home soil. We had lost loved ones and friends. These acts struck at the very soul of our nation and, for the first time, we were made to feel that we were vulnerable.

At the time, I was walking into my office at SUNY Brockport when I heard the news. Everyone on campus was in shock and total disbelief that something like this could have happened, not just in America, but in New York – our home. We sat glued to the television, watching the news that would change our lives forever.

The 10th anniversary of this national tragedy is Sunday. In observance of the events that occurred at 8:46 a.m., the four campuses of the Community College of Rhode Island will remember those who lost their lives with a moment of silence at that time on Monday morning. Simultaneous public address reminders will be made on all four campuses. I ask that members of our community pause to remember the victims of this tragic event and their families.


Last Updated: 9/28/11