Through song, prayer and speech, Monroe Community College staff, students and campus friends reflected on the Sept. 11 tragedy.
Two MCC students, who are also military veterans, had a chance to share their thoughts on where we are now as a country and what we still need to do as citizens.
"I think it is very important to remember those who when we are running out the burning are running in, who when leaving the scenes of the crime are running to the scenes of the crime. I think it is important to pay tribute to them and take advantage of that opportunity they provide us," said Adrian Hale.
Hale says Sept. 11 is the reason he joined the Marines right out of high school. He served two tours in Afghanistan and recently re-enlisted in the Air Force Reserves as a college student.
"I definitely live my life differently now. To me, I value human life above all things and I value life that is living and life that has been deceased."
At 39, Nelson Clark is back in college after struggling through the recession.
"There is no limit on opportunity in this country. You can wake up in the morning and decide that you are going to do something different. The only thinig that stops people from doing that is the reslove for people to say 'I can' instead of 'I want to,'" Clark said.
More than 100 people at MCC's ceremony at Remembrance Walk placed flowers and then paused to watch as the sun lit two spaces in the memorial that symbolize the Twin Towers, with thoughts on all those who died and what their families must still struggle with.
"America has been founded upon sacrifice, so many sacrifices."
YNN Rochester: MCC Students Reflect on 9/11
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At the University of Rochester, members of the university's Naval and Air Force ROTC held a vigil on the Eastman Quadrangle to remember those killed on Sept. 11.
Cadets and midshipmen stood at attention as the bells of the Rush Library played music.
Six University of Rochester alumni were killed in the attacks.