September 11, 2006
Commemorative Ceremony at Mercer County Community College
September 11, 2006, MCCC's Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid and
Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes addressed a gathering on the
campus of Mercer County Community College. They remembered those
who died on the same date five years ago.
Dr. Wilfrid said the attack on 9-11-01 is usually described as an
attack on America. "But it was more than that. It was an attack
on the civilized world. Most of those who died were Americans, but
there were also 200 others from 36 countries." Wilfrid read
the names of the 36 countries of origin of those killed.
mind is a powerful weapon in the face of any threat," Hughes
said. "Terrorists achieve their objectives by making people
fear one another and divide themselves." He encouraged healing
and supporting one another by creating an inclusive environment
for people of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Hughes introduced Mercer County Freeholder Elizabeth Muoio, who
told the story of her family on 9-11-01.
Wittik gave the invocation, with "a prayer for our country
and county." He said "save us from those who would pervert
true freedom and justice, and from all those who serve the false
gods of hatred, violence, murder and war." Music
major Elizabeth Boyle ended the ceremony with a spirited "God
here to read the remarks of Dr. Wilfrid, Brian Hughes, Rev.
Wittik, and Mercer County Freeholder Elizabeth Muoio.
staff, faculty and guests gathered for the ceremony on 9-11-06.
President Thomas N. Wilfrid opened with moving remarks.
Executive Brian Hughes delivered the keynote address.
Wilfrid and County Executive Hughes placing a wreath on MCCC's Memorial
member James Kelly, music student Elizabeth Boyle, and Tom Wilfrid
after the ceremony.
left, Dr. Thomas N. Wilfrid with MCCC Board of Trustees Treasurer
Robert DiFalco, County Executive Brian Hughes, Foundation Board
member Jim Faridy, Freeholder Elizabeth Muoio, and MCCC student
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