The College of Staten Island held its annual 9/11 Memorial gathering today in the Campus Center’s Green Dolphin Lounge, honoring the many alumni lost during the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

CSI President Timothy G. Lynch introduced the event, normally held at the 9/11 Memorial site on campus, but moved indoors this morning due to weather. “I often walk by our memorial site and pause for personal reflections and to honor those we lost. Reading the names inscribed on the monument put into perspective the profound loss of life felt on this campus and in this community,” Dr. Lynch said. “But the steel beams and American flag also remind me of the stories of heroism, of neighbors helping neighbors, and strangers embracing other strangers in a commitment to humanity, empathy, and perseverance.”

College of Staten Island senior Anthony Delcore then performed a pair of musical instrumentals on guitar, followed by poetry from Distinguished Professor Tyehimba Jess. Veteran Support Services Director and U.S. Navy veteran Laura Scazzafavo also addressed the gathering, reflecting on her tour of duty during 9/11 and the meaning it has for her. Alumna Andrea Curry ’14 then read the names of all of the CSI alumni lost at the World Trade Center on 9/11, 27 in total, which was followed by a moment of silence.

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Michel A. Hodge closed the ceremony, reminding the attendees of the power of connection, friendship, and service. Flowers were then presented, which will be placed at the 9/11 Memorial site later today.

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