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17 Years After 9-11, MCCC Pays Tribute to American Heroes

9/20/18


Ceremonial laying of the memorial wreath, from right: MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, Interim Director of the Trenton Police Department Pedro Medina, MCCC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Kevin Drennan.

Keynote speaker for the MCCC 17th annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony, Trenton Police Department Interim Director Pedro Medina.

MCCC student and Iraq War veteran Kenneth Scott during the playing of Taps.

WEST WINDSOR – Even though many of them had no first-hand memories of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, dozens of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) students joined faculty, staff, local dignitaries and community members to pay tribute to the fallen during college’s 17th annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony.

“We have a new generation that doesn’t remember or didn’t live through that dark time, but sees it only in an historical context,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “But they can join us in embracing peace and hope, and not losing sight of the principles on which America stands.”

MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang, in her welcoming remarks, emphasized the importance of the tradition and the obligation of all Americans that lived through that fateful day to keep the memories alive of those individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice – and others, who still suffer from the scars due to untold acts of heroism.

“I consider it my privilege, honor, and obligation to pass the torch to future generations, so they will never take advantage of what we cherish – freedom, liberty, democracy and the pursuit of happiness,” Wang said.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Pedro Medina, a 30-year veteran of the Mercer County law enforcement community and the interim director of the Trenton Police Department. While sharing his recollections of the events of that day, Medina expressed his thanks, gratitude, and extended his prayers to the victims and the bravery of the first responders who rushed into the face of danger. But he also expressed his pride in our nation, and how the events of that day, aside from the tragedy, brought the country closer together and even more dedicated to the ideals dating back to the founding fathers.

“I reach deep down in my soul every day and ask God to continue to keep us free and safe,” Medina said. “9-11 did not destroy us. 9-11 did not keep us down. 9-11 reminded us how great of a nation we can be, and strengthened our resolve.”






 

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