Binghamton University to mark fifth anniversary of September 11
The Binghamton University campus community will observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a variety of activities.
A morning memorial ceremony will begin at 8:40 a.m. Monday, September 11, in front of the Couper Administration Building. At 8:46 a.m., bells will chime to mark the moment when the first plane struck the World Trade Center. Several New York State University Police officers will then participate in a flag ceremony.
President Lois B. DeFleur and others will proceed to the Memorial Courtyard in the Fine Arts building, where she will make brief remarks, place flowers at the monument commemorating the 15 Binghamton University alumni killed in the World Trade Center and observe a moment of silence.
Binghamton University is teaming up with the United Way of Broome County to participate in Day of Caring activities. Faculty, staff and students have volunteered to work on community projects involving renovating gardens, Meals on Wheels projects, painting and yard cleanup.
The Chabad House Jewish Student Center in conjunction with Hillel at Binghamton, the Jewish Heritage Program and Binghamton University's Division of Student Affairs will hold its annual campus wide, Mitzvah Marathon from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Mitvah is the Hebrew word for “good deed” and the marathon is designed to present the campus community with opportunities to do a good deed in memory of the victims of 9/11. A pavilion will be set up between the University Union and the Library Tower where participants will be able to choose from many opportunities to do a Mitzvah.
Participants will fill out a form documenting their good deed that will be attached to a picture of a victim of 9/11 and strung along a memory wall erected on the walkway near the Library Tower fountain.
Many local charity agencies will be on hand to offer volunteer opportunities within the wider community. Also available will be multiple opportunities for participants to give money, make sandwiches for the homeless, donate food to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW), design New Year greeting cards for soldiers, buy a letter in a Torah Scroll, and say a prayer.
A Red Cross blood drive will take place in the Mandela Room from noon – 5 p.m.
At noon, a memorial ceremony will be held in the Memorial Courtyard. Col. Jacob Goldstein, the first chaplain to be deployed to Ground Zero, will speak. President Lois DeFleur will also make remarks and a musical component will round out the memorial program.