On the morning of Sept. 11, underneath a warming sun and accented by a cool breeze, dozens of Pima Community College students and faculty joined West Campus president Lou Albert in remembrance of the attack in New York 13 years ago.
Sgt. Dave Gittings and officer Colin Keating, pictured right, raised the flag in solemn silence before lowering it to half-mast.
“Even after thousands of our military men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan, the peace that we long for — for ourselves and for our children — is once again delayed,” Albert said.
His words about the 2001 attacks provided a reminder of ongoing debate about the United State’s recent re-involvement in the Middle East.
“What do we need to do to diminish the distrust and hate and conflict that still exist in our world?” Albert asked. “What do we need to do to create a world that resolves conflict without war?
“The answer, for me, lies in what we do as a college — we educate citizens.”
Albert said the work of students and employees at Pima can foster a new generation that understands and can confront these, and future, global challenges.
– By Nick Meyers