By Maureen Halley

In an annual tribute, members of the Anna Maria College community gathered on September 11, 2020 to reflect on the 2,977 innocent lives lost in the devastating terror attacks 19 years ago. Held on the Campus quad at 8:30 a.m., Deacon Jack Franchi, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant (SMS), welcomed guests with a prayer. Remarks were delivered by Dr. James Carritte, Director of Fire Science Program. The Fireman’s Prayer was recited, which was followed by the “Ringing of the Bell”. The bell, struck in three increments of three rings, symbolizes that the fallen have come home for the final time. A moment of silence was observed at 8:46 a.m. Anna Maria’s 9/11 tribute ceremony can be viewed online. The National Anthem was sung by Emily Kropo ’23.