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09-07-2012

Clarkson University to Conduct 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday

On September 11, 2001, almost 3,000 people perished in terrorist attacks on American soil, including 4 Clarkson alumni.

Clarkson University Air Force and Army ROTC color guard at Clarkson's 9-11 remembrance ceremony in 2011.On Tuesday, September 11, the Clarkson University campus community and members of the local community will gather at Clarkson's World Trade Center Memorial Sculpture from 8:30-9 a.m. for a remembrance ceremony. Members of local rescue squads, fire or police departments; the military; and veterans are invited to attend in dress uniform.

If the weather is inclement, the ceremony will take place in the Student Center forum.

The steel in Clarkson’s World Trade Center Memorial is from the World Trade Center. The day of the World Trade Center collapse, Clarkson alumnus Michael Bielawa’85 was called to Ground Zero to supervise the clean-up efforts. He worked on Ground Zero for three weeks, effectively clearing the debris and helping to recover survivors.

After his first-hand experience with the September 11 disaster, he requested that the New York City Office of Emergency Management donate steel from the World Trade Center to Clarkson to be used for a memorial. Several years of planning and fund-raising led to the installation of a memorial in 2005.

This site was dedicated as a memorial to the four alumni’s lives lost in the World Trade Center attacks. Each of the alumni’s names, Peter A. Klein ’87, Paul R. Hughes ’85, Richard J. O’Connor ’75, and R. Mark Rasweiler ’70, is engraved above a light installed in the foundation of the structure, and at night the lights shine up on the structural beams.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at: http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/9-11-2012.jpg .]

Photo caption: The Clarkson University Air Force and Army ROTC color guard at Clarkson's 9-11 remembrance ceremony in 2011.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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