Keuka College marked the 11th anniversary of 9/11 with a candle-lighting and bell-ringing ceremony at the September 11 Memorial Tree outside Dahlstrom Student Center.
At each time a plane crashed Sept. 11, 2001—8:45 a.m. (North Tower of the World Trade Center); 9:03 a.m. (South Tower of the World Trade Center); 9:43 a.m. (Pentagon); and 10:10 a.m. (Somerset County, Pa.)—the bells in the Ball Hall bell tower rang, and a candle was lit at the base of the tree.
“While it is important never to forget what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, you must also find a way to heal and move on with your life,” said College Chaplain Rev. Eric Detar.
Detar was “touched by the number of people at the service last year, and the number of people personally affected by the tragedy. I listened to the stories students, faculty, and staff told of the people they knew who were in the towers, or who should have been there, but for some reason, were not.”
Before coming to Keuka in 2009, Detar served as associate pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Indiana, Pa., and fulfilled the role of campus minister to the students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
“The Shanksville field, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, is about 45 minutes away from Grace United, and we had a camp—Camp Allegany—that backs up to that field,” said Detar. “Camp Allegany was turned into a place where workers stayed and people received help. Tim [White, residence director for Blyley and Harrington Halls] and I have been to the field, and it seems to me that the people on that plane chose that spot specifically in hopes of saving lives on the ground.”
The tree, planted last year to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks, also held a vase with one red, one blue, and one white carnation. A plaque by the base of tree reads: “To honor and remember the victims, emergency personnel, and other heroes who died in the attacks on our country.”