A Day of Service to Remember and Honor 9/11

Elmira, NY (09/05/2019) — On Wednesday, September 11, the Elmira College community will honor those who lost their lives on the morning of September 11, 2001, through a day of service and remembrance.

The day of programming begins at 8:46 a.m., the time of the first attack, as students, faculty and administrators place 2,996 American flags along Park Place to honor the initial lives lost in the multiple attacks between New York and Washington, DC. The greater Elmira community is invited to join in the placement of the flags and to walk along the flags and reflect on that tragic day 18 years ago.

Following the placement of the flags, at 10:30 a.m., EC community members will visit various first responder locations to deliver refreshments and say thank you to all who serve the City of Elmira. This is in tribute to the 343 first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty to their community.

In the afternoon, Elmira College students will be visiting locations on campus and throughout the city to perform various random acts of kindness. The goal is to spread positivity in the shadow of darkness with which 9/11 has become associated.

At 8:30 p.m. all are invited to join around the Puddle, near Cowles Hall, for a candlelight memorial service and moment of reflection. During the service, Elmira College ROTC cadets will present the colors, college acapella groups will offer special musical performances, and Elmira College President, Dr. Charles Lindsay, will offer a few words of reflection and solidarity.

Finally to conclude the day, at 8:46 p.m., the candles will be extinguished for a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost during the attacks of 9/11, and for those who continue to fight with rescue-related illnesses, and the retrieval of all 2,996 American Flags will take place.

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