Corning Community College held a remembrance ceremony of the 9/11 attacks on Monday morning.
A moment of silence was held at 8:46 A.M., the time the first tower was hit.
Speakers addressed community members saying looking back on this day means they’ve chosen to not forget nor be paralyzed by the face of evil in the world. They also commemorated firefighters, police officers, EMT’s, and ordinary people who volunteered out of the goodness of their hearts.
One speaker emphasized that the path to peace is not up to someone else to follow – that it’s our responsibility too.
“It’s important to remember a day like September 11th because there are so many ways that so many lives were changed,” CCC History Instructor Gary McCaslin said. “There’s no way that we could think about other religions the same way. There’s no way we could think about the rest of the world the same way as a result of September 11th, and also, to remember families who lost loved ones.”
Following the ceremony, the flags were lowered to half-staff by local law enforcement.