Susquehanna University Rededicates 9/11 Memorial
Published on September 12, 2011
A multifaith gathering of more than 75 students, faculty, staff and community members witnessed the rededication of Susquehanna University’s Sept. 11 memorial, marking the 10th anniversary of that tragic day. The campus memorial honors two Susquehanna alumni, Chris Vialonga, a 1993 graduate, and Colleen Supinski, a 1996 alumna, who perished in their World Trade Center offices when airplanes struck the twin towers.
Rabbi Kate Palley, director of Jewish life at Susquehanna University, recalled the day. “All of a sudden, the world was much closer, and it was a much scarier place,” she said. “Today we’ve come together to commemorate our loss.”
University Chaplain Mark Wm. Radecke explained that a multifaith gathering was important for the community, since it was "instinctive to us that 9/11 was an attack against the diversity of the United States of America."
Several students representing different faiths gave readings. Susquehanna biology professor and Speaker of the Faculty David Richard, representing the humanist tradition, noted, “This was not just an American tragedy. It was not a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or atheist tragedy either. This was a human tragedy."
A commemorative piece of steel from New York’s World Trade Center weighing 124 pounds was installed last week between the twin columns honoring Vialonga and Supinski. President L. Jay Lemons laid a wreath at the base of the memorial to conclude Sunday’s rededication ceremony.
Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons laid a wreath at the base of the 9/11 Memorial on Sept.11, 2011.
Susquehanna University's 9/11 Memorial now includes a commemorative piece of steel from New York's World Trade Center.