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A Living Memorial

SUNY-ESF Remembers 9-11


imageSeveral hundred students, faculty and staff commemorated the events of 9-11 by dedicating a Living Memorial Wednesday during services at 5:30 p.m. on the SUNY-ESF campus in Syracuse.

To remember the events of last year and to look toward the future, students, faculty and staff planted a Carolina Silver Bell tree in front of Marshall Hall on the college’s main campus in Syracuse. College President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. gave the opening remarks focusing on hope and renewal. Four candles representing peace, hope, understanding and remembrance were lit by students Sarah Spooner, president of the Undergraduate Student Association, Mike Farrell, president of the Graduate Student Association, and Carmen McCoy Harrison, director of multicultural outreach; and University Police Officer Kevin Reynolds. Following a moment of silence, student violinist Kat Viscio played music for reflection. Drawings of future plans for the memorial were on display inside Marshall Hall. Students Laura Eiselen and Rob Johnson, who also offered their thoughts on the day, organized the event.

After the tree was planted, those attending were invited to throw a handful of dirt on the base of the tree in a gesture to connect everyone to the memorial. Following the ceremony, people were invited to attend the harvest picnic at Sadler Hall featuring produce grown in the Memorial Garden planted by ESF and Syracuse University students to honor the victims of 9/11.

Images from the 9-11 Living Memorial ceremony (PDF)