September 13, 2011


We all can recall particular moments in our lives that have impacted us. We can remember different moments that have brought us peace, joy, sadness, or loss. Many times these moments define who we are, who we want to be, or what we want to do in the future. For some of these moments, we can find others who have experienced the same thing, and instantly a connection is formed. As a community we have all been marked by the events that took place on September 11, 2001.

Today, September 11, 2011, ten years later, I stand in the presence of students, faculty, and staff united for one purpose. We stand together to remember what happened that day and to remember and honor the lives that were lost. As time passes, the memories are not erased; the pain has not diminished, but we stand as a community, a community united by one purpose.

As I look out into the crowd you can see the pain, but you can also see the power of community. The act of standing together provides support, comfort, and hope. Seeing students embrace one another, provide tissues for those crying, and joining together as one was extremely powerful. This is one of those moments I will never forget; a moment where we believed in the power of community.