Alumni, students and Raleigh residents joined first responders and members of the military at the Alumni Memorial Belltower today for a memorial service to remember Sept. 11, 2001.
The service was to honor and pay respects to NC State alumni who died on that day 10 years ago in the attacks and to honor and remember all NC State alumni who have served in our nation since the university’s founding in 1887.
Many who attended felt the strength of the ceremony was that it included tributes to both the military and to first responders. It honored Lt. Cmdr. Eric Crandford ’92, a Naval pilot, who died when a plane crashed into the Pentagon. Cranford’s mother, brother and widow placed a wreath at the base of the Belltower with Chancellor Randy Woodson. The crowd also heard from NC State University Police Detective Charlie Corr, who was a New York City Police Department detective who was at the World Trade Center that day.
“I thought it was wonderful,” said Penny Suter, whose son, Joshua, is a senior in the Air Force ROTC program at NC State. “It honored everyone. First responders. Everyone who died on 9/11. And the military.”
Suter also said the ending was an appropriate cap to the day. Two F-15s from Seymour Johnson Airbase screamed across the sky over the Belltower.
View photos from the memorial service on our Flickr page.
Correction: The initial post misspelled the name Penny Suter. The post has been corrected.