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MCCC Joins with County for September 11
Remembrance Event on Sept. 9, 11 a.m.


West Windsor, N.J. - Mercer County Community College and the County of Mercer invite the community to observe the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 at a remembrance ceremony on Friday, September 9. The event will start at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Garden outside the Student Center on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

County officials and college administrators will participate in the ceremony. Special guest speaker for the event is Dave Smolka, chief of the Hamilton Fire Company, a career captain with the Trenton Fire Department, and a fire instructor at the Mercer County Fire Academy. Smolka was at Ground Zero as a member of the New Jersey State Police Urban Search and Rescue Team-Task Force 1. MCCC Music student Krystina Vazquez, of Ewing, will sing a capella renditions of the national anthem and God Bless America.

The event will include the laying of a memorial wreath. A fragment of steel beam from the World Trade Center towers, which has been donated to the college by the New Jersey State Museum, will be on display. A second piece of World Trade Center steel has been donated to Mercer's James Kerney Campus (JKC) in downtown Trenton.

Other county events over the 9/11 weekend include a memorial ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11at Mercer County Park (near the marina), starting at 1 p.m. Additionally on Sept. 11, a 9/11 Memorial Display will be unveiled at the State House Rotunda and open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through September, 2012.

The following week, Mercer will host "Unity Through Diversity" panel discussions, featuring academic, religious and policy leaders, that are open to the public. The first presentation takes place Monday, Sept. 12 at 12 p.m. at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre, located on the West Windsor Campus. Participants include Dr.
Paul Winkler, executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education; Iman Dr. Abdul Malik Ali of Masjid UT-Taqwa in Trenton; MCCC Associate Professor Michael Dalton; and Rev. Samuel Atchison, president and CEO of the Trenton Ecumenical Area Ministry. The second program will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Kerney Hall at the James Kerney Campus in Trenton. The panel will feature Rabbi Eric Wisnia, Congregation Beth Chaim; Associate Professor Dalton; Iman Dr. Abdula Malik Ali; and Rev. Julio Guzman of Living Hope Alliance Church in Trenton.

More information about upcoming lectures is available on the MCCC website here.

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