By SCOTT AUST/Greater Garden City
Local first responders joined with community members and students on Wednesday afternoon for a ceremony recognizing the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Eighteen years ago, the United States was attacked during a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda in which hijacked airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane was crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after the plane’s passengers fought back.
“Today is a day we will not forget,” GCCC President Ryan Ruda said. “Today is observed as Patriot Day to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. This day is dedicated to recognizing unity and the symbolism of how this country unites and pulls together in trying times. This day is also a time to reflect and also acknowledge the first responders and patriots who protect this great country and our community.”
Wednesday’s ceremony on the GCCC campus included a presentation of colors by the Garden City Fire Department Honor Guard, the singing of the National Anthem, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence and prayer. Pastor Nathan Sheridan read a timeline of events from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
“Garden City Community College is honored to host this commemoration of Patriot Day and pay our respects to those lost, those who serve and protect, and honor the unity of our people in this great country. Thank you for joining us today,” Ruda said.