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9/11 Memorial Event

The public is invited to the Burlington County College (BCC) memorial service for those who perished in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The service will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 11 in the Geraldine Clinton Little Theater in the Lewis M. Parker Center on the Pemberton Campus. Students, faculty, staff and community members will gather to hear the stories of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

The tribute is organized by Biology Professor Dr. Kathleen Sweeney, who for the past decade has taken a few moments in her class to remember the tragic event.

“Every year, without fail, students tell me they are grateful we gathered as a class to honor those lost on that horrible day,” Sweeney said. “The impact of Sept. 11 will be felt forever. Gathering as a community to remember the family, friends and heroes we lost will keep their memories alive.”

Additionally, Dr. Sweeney has launched a perpetual memorial at BCC that will grow every year. BCC staff will record college students, faculty and staff, reading portions of The New York Times’ Portraits of Grief that profiled Sept. 11 victims.

“Every life is someone’s son or daughter, husband or wife, or father or mother. This is a small way of saying all lives are special and worthy of honor,” Sweeney said. “Especially being so close to the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, this is an important initiative for our community.”