Anna Maria College Pays Tribute to the Fallen Heroes of 9/11

9-11 Tribute


By Maureen Halley


In an annual tribute, members of the Anna Maria College community gathered on September 11, 2019 to reflect on the 2,977 innocent lives lost in the devastating terror attacks 18 years ago. Held on the Campus quad at 8:30 a.m., Deacon Jack Franchi, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant (SMS), welcomed guests with a prayer. Remarks were delivered by Dr. James Carritte, Director of Fire Science Program and Eli Seiser, StCeremonyudent President of Anna Maria’s Emergency Services Association recited the Fireman’s Prayer, which was followed by the “Ringing of the Bell”. The bell, struck in three increments of three rings, symbolizes that the fallen have come home for the final time. A moment of silence was observed at 8:46 a.m.


In honor of the brave first responders who perished, students from the Anna Maria College Fire Science program were joined by Paxton Chief of Police Mark Savasta, Holden Chief of Police David Armstrong, officers from both police departments, and U.S. Air Force USAF members of Detachment 340 USAF ROTC based out of WPI along with the Command staff. This event was hosted by the Campus Ministry and Fire Science Department.

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