MOMENT OF SILENCE HELD AT LYNDON STATE
9/11 Was National Day of Service and Remembrance
Lyndon Ctr., VT.: Lyndon State College students, faculty, staff, administration and community guests convened in the Vail student center for a moment of silence and reflection on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since 2009, September 11th has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The day is now set aside as an annual opportunity for Americans to unite in charitable service as a tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who responded in service to the attacks. There will be service and remembrance activities in all 50 states and numerous opportunities for volunteers to get involved in their community. This anniversary is anticipated to be one of the largest days of charitable services in U.S. history.
The services were opened with a welcome by LSC President Joseph Bertolino, who was living in New York City on 9/11. He exhorted the crowd to “perform random acts of kindness” and exhibit an “ethic of care.”
Bertolino was followed by guest speaker, James Nagle, president of the LSC Veterans Club. Nagle asked the assembled group to “honor the men and women who perished on that fateful day.” He opined that every person has the “choice to serve good or evil” and that “charity, understanding, and education are weapons for good.” Nagle concluded by noting “our community benefits by rejoicing in our collective humanity.”
Sean Siciliano, Student Government Association president led the moment of silence as Professor Beth Norris rang a bell eleven times. Professor Britt Moore closed the ceremony by leading the crowd in singing the national anthem.