The annual SUNY Plattsburgh 9/11 memorial service will take place at noon, Sept. 11, at the newly renovated Hawkins Pond.
The ceremony is coordinated by the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and will follow its traditional format of an emcee, guest speakers and live music.
This year’s speakers include Dean of Education Michael Morgan, Student Association President Kevin Clayton, and Temple Beth Israel Rabbi Kari Tuling. OKD President Breanna Syslo will emcee the event, and music will be performed by the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir.
The memorial service returns to Hawkins this year after being relocated to the Amite Plaza in 2014 because of the pond’s renovation. The single unchanged feature of the pond is the 9/11 memorial marker, honoring two SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni — Robert Sutcliffe ’84 and William Erwin ’92 — who perished in the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
“Our campus has a very unique history of remembrance to important events, like the Kent State and Jackson State memorial,” said OKD Secretary Michael Cashman.
Cashman said the 9/11 memorial is an important part of campus culture that teaches students — many of whom were around their kindergarten years during the 9/11 attacks — the value of remembering culturally significant events as a community.
“Ever since the tragedy of 9/11, our campus has taken the time as a community to memorialize all of the people impacted by the event. I can’t imagine SUNY Plattsburgh ever missing a year. We would take the time to remember that day,” Cashman said.
Guests are asked to arrive at the ceremony 10-15 minutes early. For more information, contact Cashman at 518-564-4830.