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College to remember victims of 9/11 in Cascade Campus ceremony

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PCC is hosting a 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony at the Cascade Campus – the location of the college’s emergency services programs – on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and the community is invited.

To remember those who died during the tragic Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and on the East Coast, staff, faculty and students will gather at Borthwick Mall beginning at 8:30 a.m. to honor the victims. The ceremony will include a college-wide moment of silence at 8:57 a.m.

Participating in the ceremony will be faculty and student from PCC’s Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Technology, Criminal Justice Administration, Emergency Management, and 9-1-1 Emergency Tele-communicator programs and their students. In addition, Cascade Public Safety and Cascade Campus personnel will be joined by City of Portland representatives, including police and fire, as well as folks from American Medical Response.

The event schedule includes:
  • 8:45 a.m. – Welcome message.
  • 8:47 a.m. – An address by President Jeremy Brown.
  • 8:53 a.m. – Honor guard approaches flag pole to unfurl colors and attach to halyards.
  • 8:56 a.m. – The raising of the American flag to coincide with time that first plane struck 1 WTC.
  • 8:57 a.m. – A 15-second college-wide moment of silence.
  • 8:58 a.m. – Amazing Grace by bagpipes.
  • 8:59 a.m. – Closing remarks and thanks by President Jeremy Brown.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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x by Dan America 4 years ago

Does anyone remember this every year? I do now that I have learned of it through my US History courses at PCC and further research on my own into the atrocity.
Allow me to share a short summary.
Sept. 11, 1857
Mountain Meadow (SW Utah) – The remaining members of the Baker-Fancher party were slaughtered by the Utah Territorial Militia. It was the 5th day of a siege upon their 140-person wagon train heading South along the Old Spanish trail to California.
The only survivors were children believed to be age 7 or less.
Those children were kidnapped and brought into Mormon homes to be raised into the LDS community. It was believed that they were too young to identify the attackers.
This band of militia, the Nauvoo Legion led by Isaac C. Haight and John D. Lee, enlisted the help of the local Paiute Natives and also dressed themselves as Paiutes so as to place blame on the Natives and maintain an appearance of innocence by the militia.
The US Army rescued the children in the summer of 1859. Investigations into the Mountain Meadow Massacre began as early as Sept 29, 1857 by Brigham Young (then-leader of the LDS) and eventually concluded after the Civil War ended. Only one man was tried, convicted, sentenced and executed. That man was John D. Lee, who is speculated to have been to originator of the massacre plan alongside Issac C. Haight.

x by the critical thinker 4 years ago

I think it is very fitting that Dan America(previous commenter) cited a false flag event to commemorate the horrendous acts on that day in September 2001. Maybe one day we can haul Henry Kissinger,Zbignew Brzezinski, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld or just about any of the Neo-Cons that called for the attack less than a year previous into a court and stand accountable for the global terrorists they are. It is sad that we continue to fall victim to the same trick over and over again. In 2001 George Bush said, “You’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists.” Today, the Obama regime is fighting tooth and nail to send military aid to Al-Qaeda in Syria using more misleading information. Ordo ab chao

x by Anonymous 4 years ago

I understand symbolism, but if you are going to go so far as to push for a *college-wide* moment of silence, I have to ask why you want to do it at an arbitrary time three hours after the anniversary.

You do know about time zones, right?

x by James Hill 4 years ago

Because at 5:57 a.m. Pacific Time the college is not open. Honoring the victims at the symbolic time of day makes sure everybody can participate.

x by the critical thinker 4 years ago

Hey, here is an idea…why don’t we honor the victims by launching a real investigation into what happened instead of relying upon the 9-11 commission’s report that had no answer for Building 7. Why don’t we get Donald Rumsfeld to answer for the trillions of dollars he claimed he couldn’t find on September 10th 2001. The best way to honor the victims of that horrendous crime is to find and punish the real perpetrators not some Arab militant group that has been funded by the CIA since its inception. Tim Osman aka Osama bin Laden was a decorated intelligence asset all the way til the end when he died from disease. Release the video tapes and there will be no question as to what really hit the Pentagon’s budget office. Think, a jet turned WTC 1 into a pile of dust that could be seen from space. A “jet” hit the Pentagon and it barely marred the facade. Wake up, get a clue, go after the real culprits!

x by diplomatic decency 4 years ago

Really? How do you think the families of the those who perished would feel reading your comments? Personal agendas, accusations and critisism was not on the agenda for this ceremony. This was simply an effort to remember the loss and honor the emergency service heros that responded to this horrific event and lost their lives trying to help others. Nothing less and nothing more. Please have some respect, stay focused and have an ounce of compassion.

x by the critical thinker 4 years ago

I think the families that lost loved ones that day would be outraged if they knew they were being constantly lied to and manipulated by those who want to use their deaths to carry out a global agenda. I give respect by honoring the truth, not by supporting a pack of lies from known liars. The EMS workers that responded that day have been treated horribly by both administrations. We need to respect the truth, stay focused on the real issues and not let the system use our compassion to turn us into “knee-jerk” reactors. To console the grieving with lies is heartless at best.


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