11 Sep 2013

9-11 Ceremony of Remembrance

A September 11th ceremony of remembrance was held Wednesday on the Moorhead campus of Mississippi Delta Community College.

The ceremony was conducted by the Office of Student Services with Vice-President Edward Rice greeting those in attendance. Positioned behind Rice were law enforcement officers from varying agencies, first responders, and cadets enrolled in Mississippi Delta Community College’s Law Enforcement Training Academy.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Quinton Harris led the ceremonial posting of the colors with U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jerel Longmire and U.S. Army Private Antonio Manuel assisting.

President Larry Nabors provided words of reflection to the guests, staff, and students in attendance. “We, as Americans, should be proud that we live in a nation where the brave men and women of our police forces, fire departments, medical first responders, and our armed forces are willing to risk their own lives for our safety, our protection, and our freedom,” said Nabors.

“So today, as we gather to remember the 2,977 victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks, let us also give thanks for the American spirit, which lives on thanks to the sacrifices of these individuals and their families,” he said. “Let us resolve to follow the selfless example of the first responders and put the welfare of others before ourselves. And, finally, help us embrace the American ideals of freedom and liberty for all people throughout the world, and by doing so may we bring honor to the memory of these victims of September 11th.”

Following Dr. Nabors’ presentation, SGA President Arneisha Robinson recited poetry titled, There will be Peace by David Robert. Red, white and blue balloons were released from the podium in remembrance of the brave men and women that lost their lives 12 years ago. Moorhead Mayor George Holland provided the benediction.