Daytona State College students, faculty and staff today honored those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, during a memorial commemorating the 11th anniversary of the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Organized by the Student Government Association (SGA), the half-hour tribute opened with a presentation of the colors by the Mainland High School Jr. ROTC. It took place in The Landing on the Daytona Beach Campus.
SGA President Alicia Dove welcomed those in attendance while SGA Treasurer Alejandro Peres led the Pledge of Allegiance. Other students sang in honor of the 9/11 victims, as well the first responders and armed services personnel who served in its aftermath. They included SGA officer Gerrard Minnus and vocal student Coral Pitter, who sang the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful, respectively. SGA officer Landon Beck, also a combat-wounded veteran, noted that the 9/11 attacks struck the hearts of many throughout the world. “Since that day, many brave individuals and leaders in our armed services have lost their lives in carrying out our nation’s plan for justice,” he said. “I speak on behalf of these men, women and our wounded veterans. To our friends, our family and our nation, we still stand firm.”
The tribute concluded with a moment of silence and reflection.