To commemorate the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Eastern Maine Community College hosted EMCC Remembers: A Memorial Event to Reflect on the Meaning of 9/11. The hour-long event took place on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 8:30am-9:30am. Attendees met at the Dining Commons in Katahdin Hall on EMCC’s campus at 8:30am, and later congregated around the flagpole outside Maine Hall. The assembly included remarks by Elizabeth Russell, EMCC Vice President of Academic Affairs; a lecture by LTC Darryl W. Lyon of the Maine Army National Guard; a prayer led by Officer Ed Leskey of the the Orono Police Department; and closing comments by Dr. Lisa Larson, EMCC President.
“On the anniversary of September 11th, we at Eastern Maine Community College want to provide an opportunity for our students, staff, and faculty to join with our many friends and partners in the City of Bangor to honor those who lost their lives on that day,” said Cornel Plebani, Chair of the EMCC Criminal Justice program. “The Criminal Justice and Fire Science departments at EMCC are proud that we can offer this event in recognition of the many individuals whose lives were touched by this tragedy: civilians, families, and first responders alike.”
The event was open to EMCC students, the college community, area first responders, and the public at large.
A similar memorial event happens every year at the National September 11 Memorial plaza at the World Trade Center in New York City, where the names of the 2,977 people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are read.