Message From The College President Regarding The Tenth Anniversary Of 9/11

Release Date: Friday, September 9, 2011

Dear Members of the College Community,

This weekend we will commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11.  Each of us remembers well where we were on that fateful morning, just as each of us also recalls the aftermath of that terrible tragedy.  It was a day that dramatically and emphatically changed the way we live. Sunday, we will remember those who unexpectedly lost their lives at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania.  For those whose husbands, wives, children, family, friends, and colleagues who died that day, it will be a day fraught with emotion.  We pray with and for them on this occasion that elicits sorrow in us all.

Likewise, we remember that in the midst of terror, suffering, and loss, there were thousands who gave definition to the word heroism.  The rescue workers, the firemen, policemen, the medical personnel, volunteers, and people from the streets gave selflessly, even offering their lives, to assist those who were caught in the throes of this horrific event.  For those whose lives were lost, we pray for peace.  For those who survived, we pray for comfort.  For the courage and tenacity of them all, we give thanks.

This weekend, let us be conscious of those whose lives were altered forever on that September morn ten years past.  May the sacrifices made that day inspire us to live as caring, conscientious, considerate citizens of our great country and to be trustworthy, responsible stewards of the freedom we share.

Over the next few days, please be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.  Report anything that seems unusual or strange to the authorities.

On this Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, may God bless you and may God bless America.

Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D.