Rollins Remembers 9/11

On the 14th anniversary, Rollins College observed a moment of silence during the College’s 9/11 memorial service.

The Rollins community gathers for a moment of silence during a 9/11 memorial service on September 11, 2015. (Photo by Scott Cook) The Rollins community gathers for a moment of silence during a 9/11 memorial service on September 11, 2015. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Around the country, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was marked with lowered flags, bell tolls, and moments of silence.

Members of the Rollins College community gathered by the College’s 9/11 Memorial dedication site by the Veteran’s Memorial flagpole. Interim Dean of the Chapel Shawn Garvey led a ceremony of reflection and remembrance followed by a moment of silence for those who lost their lives.

Justin Fisher ’19 (left) comforts classmate Joshua Seraballs ’19 (right), whose mother serves as a NY police officer. (Photo by Scott Cook) Justin Fisher ’19 (left) comforts classmate Joshua Seraballs ’19 (right), whose mother serves as a NY police officer. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins' unique 9/11 Memorial is believed to be the first and only memorial to feature authentic touchstones from all three sites—the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The memorial was donated by Rollins alum Tony Wilner ’82 and dedicated in 2008. Wilner worked at the Pentagon in 2001 supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency and he obtained a salvaged piece of the Pentagon limestone. He worked to obtain a stone from the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93.

Rollins alum Manny Papir ’89, who served as Mayor Giuliani's Deputy Chief of Staff during the 9/11 attacks, had donated a piece of stone from the wreckage of the World Trade Center for the College’s Walk of Fame, but agreed with Wilner's vision of a memorial including all three sites.

An engraved quotation from President George W. Bush reads “We will not waiver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.” (Photo by Scott Cook) An engraved quotation from President George W. Bush reads “We will not waiver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.” (Photo by Scott Cook)