Concord Holds 9-11 Memorial Service
Athens, W.Va. - Vice President for Staff and Student Affairs Deborah Curry welcomed more than 75 guests to the 9-11 Memorial Service, held on the lawn in front of Marsh Hall, Wednesday, September 11, 2002. Speakers and guests memorialized the events of September 11, 2001, by listening to the Marsh Memorial Carillon strike for 12 minutes. The national anthem was also played on the carillon.
Emergency responders were honored with certificates of appreciation.
Those invited included the: Town of Athens, Athens Police Department, Athens Volunteer Fire Department, West Virginia State Police, Green Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services, Army Reserve, Civil Air Patrol, Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, Bluestone Valley Fire Department, East River Volunteer Fire Department, Athens Medical Center, Princeton Rescue Squad, Concord College Office of Public Safety, National Guard, Air Force Recruiting Station, Army Department Recruiting Station, Marine Corp Recruiting Station, and the Navy Department Recruiting Office.
Special guests Athens Mayor Robert Richardson and Concord President Emeritus Joseph Marsh were in attendance.
“This is a service of unity, and a service of remembrance,” stated Dr. Curry. The Student Government Association (SGA) had a special request, to recognize and honor the emergency responders.”
Concord professor, Dr. Paul Kane, invoked a special prayer: “Please pray with me that God will lead us from falsehood to truth. May the memory of 9-11 stiffen our resolve to work for peace. Give us courage to defend our nation and grant us wisdom and patience as we plan for the future.”
“Thank you for what you did for 9-11 last year,” stated Concord President Jerry Beasley, “and thank you for your resolve. The silences, in the service this morning, have been meaningful. They have allowed us to reflect. The people who died in the events of 9-11 were so much like us. In each of us—each of us here—is the potential to do what those brave people did a year ago. Today, I hope we can reaffirm to do what they did then. We are together as Concord College—something bigger and greater than ourselves.”
Abhishek Singh, president of Concord College’s SGA, said, “We emerged stronger, standing hand-in-hand.”
Jim Cannon, vice president for business and finance at Concord, and a lieutenant colonel with the Army, said, “There was a time when service meant being on the front line, like World War II. In this war of terrorism, the front line is a different matter. The terrorists want to strike Hometown, USA. Our job is to root out terror, wherever it may be. The emergency responders became our first line of defense. Those heroes rallied and inspired all of us, converting fear into action that swept the Taliban out of power. The last line of defense depends upon the courage of each of us.”
A special candlelight vigil will be held in the valley at 9 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2002.
Photo: Concord student Shannon Walls sings “America the Beautiful.”
Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.