The Rodman terrace stood quiet Sunday, Sept. 11, surrounded by 2,977 American flags and the sounds of “America the Beautiful.” Speeches honoring the heroes and remembering the lost were made as students, faculty and members of the John Carroll community joined in to sing “God Bless America” to conclude the “Never Forget” memorial on John Carroll’s campus.
Hosted by the John Carroll Conservatives, the special memorial was one of 11 memorials taking place at Ohio universities on Sunday. The Carroll Conservatives became a part of the “9/11: Never Forget Project,” after hearing of the nationwide effort by Young America’s Foundation to help young people remember the terrorist attacks on the United States.
Organized by senior and Carroll Conservatives President Nick Tribuzzo, the memorial was centralized around the nearly 3,000 flags that represented each who lost his or her life one decade ago.
“These flags do so much more than show us the number of lives lost that morning, they also tell us the story of the lives that were lost – a story that we will never forget,” said Tribuzzo in his speech.
Songs such as “America the Beautiful” were sung by a capella men’s choir Rhapsody Blue, along with “Halfway to Heaven” by Rhapsody Blue soloist sophomore Eliot Woyshner, to symbolize that those who perished in the towers were already “Halfway to Heaven.”
The Carroll Conservatives were also accepting donations to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund, whose mission is to raise funds to support those children who lost one or both of their parents in the 9/11 attacks by providing long-term higher educational assistance, along with mental and physical health care assistance. According to Tribuzzo, over $200 was raised at this event.
“9/11 defined our generation, and no event has had a greater impact,” said Tribuzzo. “We are in a unique position because we remember what it was like before [the attacks] and now we live through its significance. It’s important that our generation never forgets 9/11 because to do so would be as tragic as the attacks themselves.”