SUNY Erie Community College faculty, staff and students gathered for ceremonies of remembrance on September 11 to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks 18 years ago. The ceremonies took place at the City Campus in front of the Old Post Office and at the Fallen Heroes Memorial Park outside of the Law Enforcement Academy on the North Campus.
SUNY Erie President Dr. Dan Hocoy expressed the importance of continuing to remember those that lost their lives on September 11. “There are few adults who don’t remember where they were on that fateful day that is now a part of our history. The tragedy of September 11, 2001 has become a source of unification for Americans, regardless of race, creed or socio-economic status,” he said. “We remember, so we continue to stand strong in the face of those who threaten the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness coined by our forefathers.”
The Office of Veterans’ Services organized the memorial ceremony at City Campus, while the Law Enforcement Academy organized the North Campus ceremony. President Hocoy addressed the North Campus gathering along with Erie County Central Police Services Commissioner James Jancewicz and Law Enforcement Training Academy Director Joe Strano.
Unveiled in 2014, the North Campus Fallen Heroes Memorial Park, is dedicated to first responders and veterans from all United States military branches, police officers, firefighters and emergency service workers, who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve their community and country.