Stockton Remembers 9/11 with Memorial Ceremony
“I felt helpless,” said Frank Attwood, a senior Criminal Justice major and president of the Stockton Student Veterans Organization (SVO), as he recalled where he was today 16 years ago. He was walking into his modern media class, a junior at Southern Regional High School, when his teacher turned on the television and the tragic events began to unfold.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Attwood told himself that he would never let himself feel helpless again. He knew then that he would serve his country and later joined the U.S. Army where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Student Senate President Victoria Dambroski asked for a moment of silence from the guests who gathered in the Board of Trustees Room for a memorial ceremony at two minutes past 9 a.m., when the second plane hit the World Trade Center. Dambroski, who was just 5 years old during the attack, took away a valuable lesson. The enemies wanted us broken, but we bound together to move forward, she reflected.
After Dean of Students Pedro Santana shared remarks, members of the Stockton community viewed photographs from 9/11 that were displayed on the walls. The event was organized by Student Senate and the Student Veterans Organization (SVO).