September 8, 2006 | News from the Chancellor
As we prepare to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, The City University of New York joins New Yorkers and the entire country in remembering a day that cannot be forgotten and honoring those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks.
On behalf of the University, I offer our deepest sympathy and support to those who mourn their loved ones today, as well as our gratitude to the many New Yorkers whose courage and resiliency continue to inspire us.
At CUNY, we are especially mindful of the impact of the attacks on our extended CUNY community, which Chairman Benno C. Schmidt Jr. of the CUNY Board of Trustees called “the greatest loss of life from a single cataclysm of any university in American history.” We pay tribute to lost members of the CUNY family, including students, faculty, and staff, as well as police officers, firefighters, and rescue and recovery personnel educated at the University, and to their families, whose lives were forever changed because of the events of 9/11. Indeed, the planning under way to replace Fiterman Hall at CUNY’s Borough of Manhattan Community College is a stark reminder of the devastation wrought by 9/11 and the recovery work that remains.
Throughout the University, campuses are commemorating the fifth anniversary of 9/11 with a variety of activities, including a “Remembering September 11” photo exhibit and a display of the nationally recognized Flag of Remembrance at John Jay College of Criminal Justice this month. All CUNY campuses have also been asked to fly flags at half-mast. “CUNY 9/11/01 Remembrance: An Online Archive,” a Web-based memorial created by the University after the attacks, offers members of the CUNY community the opportunity to submit their own memories and stories about the impact of 9/11 on their families: www.cuny.edu/911memorial. I hope that you will visit this enduring memorial site.
The University will always be a gathering place for New Yorkers. We invite the public to participate in these and other remembrance activities. For more information, please visit www.cuny.edu.
The City University of New York