Community Marks the Tenth Anniversary of September 11
The College of New Rochelle remembered the tenth anniversary of September 11 with an Interfaith Prayer Service. Candles were lit and ribbons were tied around campus trees to honor the 28 victims associated with the CNR Community who were killed during the attack.
Tazmin Uddin SAS'13, a peer minister, sent her words of support and hope. “Every single one of us gathered here today has a right to grieve because whether we acknowledge it or not, we are one human family. We have all lost parents, teachers, siblings, and role models. We remember the lives cut short. We remember the legacies they left behind.”
The service concluded with a prayer by Franciscan brother Daniel P. Horan, who wrote it to commemorate the tenth anniversary. During the recitation of the prayer, the audience used flashlights to illuminate the night sky in unison.
Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, explained the meaning behind the light. “The light from each flashlight is small, but when all turned on at the same time, we can make quite a glow in the night sky. In the Christian scriptures, Jesus referred to himself as the light of the world, that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Following Jesus means many things but they can be summed up in one word: love. If we love one another as we would want to be loved, we are following Jesus. So the flashlights are a symbol of Jesus as the light of the world. For those of you of other faith traditions, the call to love one another is a universal call for all people of faith.”