Students gather at Hermance Family Chapel to honor 9/11 victims

Photo by Evan Bourtis

By Evan Bourtis, Staff Writer

On the 16th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, The Hermance Family Chapel was showcased in a ceremony to commemorate those who were victims of the attacks.

Since 9/11, this was the second ceremony held at Fisher to remember those affected. Chief of staff of the Student Government Association (SGA) CJ Wild said the ceremony was partially inspired by the construction of the new chapel.

Student Annamarie Iafallo said that she thought the new chapel was a great place for a candlelight vigil.

“The new chapel looks beautiful, especially since we just started it last year,” she said. “I think more people will come here rather than Murphy. It’s a better location.”

Fisher students, campus ministers and members of the Brighton Fire Department gathered behind the Chapel and held candles as they listened to Drastic Measures sing the National Anthem and orators recall stories from the day that changed history.

Wild described the event as something that would  “inspire students and hopefully make students know that they can come here whenever they want to pray or reflect.”

The event began with an introduction of Wild and a speech from President Gerard Rooney. Rooney recalled moments of being on the Fisher campus on Sept. 11, 2001.

“I remember going to the president’s office and seeing then President [Katherine] Keough and Dr. [Donald] Bain as we watched together, the Twin Towers fall,” he said.

Rooney also shared other faculty members’ experiences. One faculty member recalled, “It was a Tuesday and I remember that we found out a plane hit a building in New York City as we were going into our staff meeting. By the time we got out of our meeting, all of the planes hit New York City Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.”

Natalie Guzelak attended the ceremony with a group of friends from Murphy Hall.

She said, “I came out with my friends to see the new chapel and just to honor the people who died in 9/11.”

The event was a way to remember and honor a day in history but to also “expose students to a new place on campus that is open to students of all faiths, not just catholic students,” said Wild.

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