“Dear Uncle, I miss you so much. I wish I had a chance to meet you. I bet your amazing. xoxo Lily.”
September 11, 2016, marked fifteen years since Lily’s Uncle and 2,995 others were immediately killed in an attack New Yorkers, and Americans across the Country will never forget. Specifically, 47 Pace University students and alumni lives were lost. “An unspeakable moment”, one pace student says at the candlelight vigil located at 1 Pace Plaza, New York City. There were no words necessary. It was as if everyone was on the same wave length, mourning and coming together as one student body remembering those who we lost.
The candlelight vigil started at approximately 9:15 p.m., when assistant director of Veterans services, Jason Silverstein, began his heartfelt speech to a group of about 100 Pace University students. We all gathered and took direction to first light our candles and share the flames amongst each other, followed by a moment of silence. It was at that moment, we were all in the right place at the right time. Although I arrived alone, I was far from mourning by myself as I had the support of roughly 99 others who shared a different perspective then my own.
The moment of silence was followed by a short 5 minute walk to the 9/11 Memorial. A large banner that reads “Pace remembers 9/11” lead the walk. We arrived across the street from the Memorial, everyone took turns signing the large banner. It is to be displayed on Campus, near the Office of Student Development and Campus Activities, for other students and faculty to see, who were unable to attend the vigil.