A panoply of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9-11 will be held at the four colleges in St. Lawrence County.
Among the memorial services in Canton and Potsdam will be a free public concert at St. Lawrence University, titled "Remembering 9-11: A Gathering for Reflection in Words and Music." The concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in Gunnison Memorial Chapel, will include orchestral and choral performances as well as readings by college chaplains, faculty and staff.
The event will also feature an "open reading" of Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" in which audience members may sing or read along.
"For me the piece of music is one that speaks to joining together, to connecting all cultures," said Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, the college's musician in residence and the concert's choir director. "The music is one of the requiems that are consistently quiet throughout. It brings an inner peace, and I think if there's anything we need, it's to find some way to have both peace in the world and peace internally."
As in years past, the College Republicans club at St. Lawrence will also be doing their part to commemorate the 9-11 attacks. According to club president and rising junior Zak A. Johnson, approximately 20 current students will wake up at 5 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 11 to quietly place 3,000 small American flags on the college quad.
The flags commemorate the 2,753 victims who died in the World Trade Center attacks, including five St. Lawrence alumni: Robert J. "Bobby" Coll, Catherine Gorayeb, Christopher Morrison, Michel A. "Mike" Pelletier and Richard H. "Richie" Stewart Jr.
"It was important when we started in 2009 because there was no memorial service like it on campus," Mr. Johnson said. "It's especially important now because it's the tenth anniversary this year."
St. Lawrence University is also hosting three exhibitions in its Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, all of which will be free and open to the public through Oct. 22. The gallery will also sponsor an open discussion with Curator Jane Becker-Nelson at 2 p.m. Sept. 11.
An exhibition titled "Re-framing Terrorism" will bring together the work of nine artists from Canada, France, Germany, Iraq and the United States. Joel Meyerowitz's "Aftermath: Photographs of Ground Zero" will feature 22 images selected specifically for the St. Lawrence exhibit, all of which come from the only existing photographic record of Ground Zero immediately after the World Trade Center attacks.
Selections from "The Day Our World Changed: Children's Art of 9/11," which was compiled by the will be New York University Child Study Center, will be exhibited on the lower level of Owen D. Young Library. According to Catherine L. Tedford, director of the gallery, the children's art exhibition will have a special link to current St. Lawrence students, as the artwork was drawn by children who are now the same age as the students.
"It's a range of photographs, sculpture, video performance," Ms. Tedford said about the three exhibits. "The children's drawings are lovely, very powerful. All the exhibitions that we present are for educational and cultural purposes, so they're meant to be teaching exhibitions for faculty and students and the community, and they also provide cultural opportunities as well."
At Clarkson University in Potsdam, a 9-11 remembrance ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9. The public ceremony will feature a prayer by Professor Abul Khondker, messages from Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Stephen Newkofsky and President Anthony G. Collins, a presentation by the college's Army and Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps color guard and an a cappella performance by the Golden Knotes.
The ceremony will be held at the college's World Trade Center Memorial, which includes steel from the World Trade Center and is the result of clean-up efforts at ground zero by Clarkson alumnus Michael Bielowa. The site was dedicated as a memorial to the four Clarkson alumni who died in the World Trade Center attacks: Peter A. Klein, Paul R. Hughes, Richard J. O'Connor and R. Mark Rasweiler.
Across town, SUNY Potsdam is one of 30 sites hosting a statewide "New York Remembers" exhibition. The exhibition, which features historical artifacts from the collections of the State Museum and National September 11 Memorial & Museum, runs through the end of September and will be the site of a public memorial service at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11.
The exhibit is located in the college's Flagg Hall, with parking available in lots 1 and 2 off Potsdam Drive. Visitors arriving by car are encouraged to come when class is not in session: before 9 a.m. or between 3 and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
The exhibit will feature an aircraft fragment from one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center - likely part of an engine turbine from either United Airlines Flight 175 or American Airlines Flight 11. In addition, the exhibit contains several informational panels with a timeline of the 9-11 attacks, in which SUNY Potsdam alumni William F. "Billy" Burke Jr. and Kenneth J. Cubas died.
"SUNY Potsdam is pleased and honored to serve as one of the places across the state where New Yorkers can gather together to mourn and remember the terrible events of 9/11," SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller said in a prepared statement. "The 'New York Remembers' exhibition will allow our community to memorialize the victims and honor the heroes of that tragic day, while also reminding us never to lose sight of the importance of striving for peace."
Finally, the SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Student Association will host its ninth annual public ceremony in honor of 9-11. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 at the college's Roselle Academic Plaza and will have a theme of patriotism and recovery.
Although no SUNY Canton alumni died in the World Trade Center Attacks to the college's knowledge, several participated in the recovery efforts. In attendance at the event will be members of area police, fire and emergency response departments, and the Canton and Potsdam fire departments will provide ladder trucks from which a huge American flag will fly.
New York State Trooper Robert M. Parcell, who spent a year in New York City assisting with recovery efforts at Ground Zero, will be the ceremony's keynote speaker, and Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy will also address the crowd. In addition to the speeches, the public ceremony will feature a wreath laying and a performance of taps.
"The more people the better," said William J. Fassinger, a co-advisor of the Criminal Justice Student Association with faculty member Brian K. Harte. "It's very, very important that we continue to recognize what occurred and to recognize the individuals that were injured, gave their lives or died as a result of these horrific incidents."