We Remember: Ten years after tragedy strikes home.

Geraldine Orentas

Managing Editor

 

The 10th anniversary of the
September 11th attacks brought an overwhelming community response around the
nation—from feelings of sorrow, sharing of anecdotes and outpouring of local efforts
on the behalf of nonprofit and for-profit organizations memorializing the
nation’s collective tragedy.

 

So, on the morning of Monday,
September 12, students and faculty members gathered at the Boca Raton campus to
hoist the U.S. flag for a moment of silence and to pay respect for all the
families, victims, heroes, and children of the September 11th tragedy.

 

Ten years later, America and the world
stills remember what happened that day, for some it affected them personally,
for others it was a massive shock. Interviews with a sampling of students,
faculty members and staff members found that, while they are different
reactions to this tragedy, many still go back to that day without forgetting
what they saw.

 

Palm Beach State College student
Ravina Zaman
explains how being Asian made it rough for her to move on,
“I had to deal with a lot of hateful comments from people. Little did they
know how much I was affected by this, and how people stereotype. Sadly, I can
never move on because I am reminded of it everyday, I can’t forget what I saw
and heard.”

 

David Walsh believes that,
“you don’t really think about it until you are reminded of it. It’s like
your mind blocks off that moment to protect you of that pain. Ten years is a
lot and it seems like yesterday, more than 3,000 people died, but for what? You
are overwhelmed with so many emotions that you can’t say it in words, it is impossible.
In my opinion when I look at it, I think it is still fresh, it still hurts.

 

For Kim Huston Stingo,
president of the Honors College, the story hits home every day. “It’s
depressing when you think about it; it is sad that so many people lost their
life. In Wellington they created a memorial where there is a piece of steel
from the buildings, I get to see that everyday when I drive to school so it
hits home easily. I have to say that I’m proud of our country; I embrace the
fact that people started so many organizations, and created incredible
memorials. What is interesting about this memorial in Wellington is that it
doesn’t matter at what time I pass by, there is always a family there.”

 

At nine years old, Gustavo
Salguero
, vice-president of Legislative Affairs, remembers living in
Ecuador. “I remember how I had seen before in movies and TV shows how
airplanes always crashed into buildings, but for this time it was real and
completely unexpected. Despite the fact that it didn’t affect me directly, it
was hard to see all those people die for nothing. One thing that I didn’t like
was the phrase ‘We never forget.’ Are they referring to what they have done or
to the people that died, it is obviously good [better] to remember those who perished
and their families who suffered.”

 

Jared
Myers
It was an incredible
tragedy that should be remembered forever. It changed so many lives, thoughts
and prayers go out to all the families who lost something, they will be forever
remembered.”

 

Each year, we should remember those
who lost their lives trying to save innocents from tragedy; we should remember
those who have departed; we should remember the families of the lost ones; and
we should remember the suffering and pain of the country. We shall always remember
the tragedy of September 11.