Remembering Those We Lost
On a drizzly Friday morning, students, staff and local residents gathered at the flagpole in front of Old West and listened intently as Bronx, N.Y., native Jonathan Baez ’12 shared firsthand memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Baez, then a sixth-grader, had been sitting in his homeroom class when his substitute teacher announced that the city was under siege. “We rushed to the window, and we had a perfect view [of the World Trade Center],” Baez recalled. “Ten years later, it’s still fresh in my memory.”
A member of the New York Posse, Baez shared his story as part of Dickinson’s Patriot Day ceremony. The event has been presented each year since 2002 by the college’s Blue Mountain Battalion ROTC.
Katie Dollard ’12 was one of the students who got up early to attend the 10th-anniversary ceremony. “Everybody’s life is touched by this. I wanted to show support,” said Dollard, relating that her uncle narrowly missed becoming a victim of the attacks when a last-minute meeting in New York was canceled. [Story continues below.]
A family friend of Danielle Kelly ’12 died while fighting the fire at the World Trade Center. She attends the ceremony every year. “I find it amazing that after 10 years, Dickinson shows the same reverence and [observes this anniversary with such] meaning,” said the Long Island native. “Every year, it brings a little bit more closure and healing.”
“We all have different experiences [related to 9/11] and different perspectives on it,” said Professor of Military Science Peter Lugar, who was serving in the Army at the time of the attacks, while the youngest student in his current crew of cadets was only 8 years old. “This ceremony allows each of us to remember it in our own way.”
By MaryAlice Bitts Jackson
Photos by Carl Socolow '77