9-11 Commemoration


September 11th remembrance ceremonies took place across the region today in communities large and small.  The city of Springfield, Massachusetts held an annual memorial to the emergency workers killed in the terrorist attack.

   Of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11th attacks 14 years ago, 414 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the World Trade Center.  These included firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private ambulance companies. 

9/11 - Never Forget

Sep 11, 2013
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Dear WAMC Listeners,

Today marks 12 years since 9/11. Two years ago, I was in New York City for the 10th Anniversary of the "Attack on America."

I wanted to share this important  story with you once again.

There was a moment after 9/11 when almost all Americans realized what could be lost to an enemy intent on destroying our people and our institutions. As time has passed, so too has much of this sentiment. Americans may be patriotic, but patriotism is generally not in the forefront of their thinking. There are, however, some Americans who consider any form of patriotic expression jingoism or misguided public sentiment.


Students, faculty, and staff of the SUNY college here gathered at Hawkins Pond this afternoon, where a memorial to two alumna is placed. On September 11th,  Robert Sutcliffe, class of 1984, and William Erwin, class of 1992, died in the collapse of the Twin Towers.  

In front of the memorial, History Professor Doug Skopp remembers his late students.

Many of the students attending the college now were in elementary school when the Twin Towers were destroyed, including Student Association President Charles Sanchez.