Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 11, 2001 Commermoration at Coker College

Photos contributed by Caleb Dunlop

The bell tolled and the emotions swelled. It was a Darlington County Firefighter pulling the chord and then an Air Force veteran, now a Coker student. As the bell tolled the emotions swelled. TAPS played by a Coker student, and veteran of the United States Navy, capped the morning's commemoration but the feelings of sadness and loss continue flowing like waves on a beach. Those of us alive still and alive that day will always remember.

The Coker College community joins together on most Thursdays for a Coffee in the Courtyard to recognize events and achievements of students, staff or faculty. This morning, September 8, 2011 the Community gathered to remember those lost on 9-11.

It was a moving event. Jason Umfress, Dean of Students, noted that the idea came because of the importance of remembering as a community. He also stressed the importance of passing on the memory to the next generation, those students who were in the third, fourth or fifth grades when the United States of American was attacked by terrorists.

In addition to the Coker Community representatives of the local law enforcement, fire departments and emergency services were on hand to be recognized for their daily commitments to creating a safer community. Coker is also sponsoring another event to commemorate the events of ten years ago. This commemoration will be a gathering of the arts at the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Auditorium on the Coker Campus at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, September 11, 2011.

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