PSU and Town of Plymouth Commemorate 9/11

September 11th, 2011 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-A somber yet stirring 10-year anniversary tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attack on the United States was held Sunday, September 11, on the Plymouth Town Common. The ceremony featured contingents from local fire and police departments, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and PSU and town officials.

PSU police officer salutes 9/11 processional
PSU police officer salutes 9/11 processional

Following an opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, speakers included Valerie Scarborough, Chairwoman of the Plymouth Select Board, who paid tribute to the the hundreds of public safety personnel who lost their lives in the terror attack on the Twin Towers.

“Today, we honor and courage, honor and commitment of the 343 New York firefighters and paramedics who were killed on 9/11… the 23 New York police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers that lost their lives,” said Scraborough. “We will remember the more than 2,000 civilians who perished in the Twin Towers, the 179 military and civilians who died at the Pentagon and the 44 heroes aboard Flight 93.”

Plymouth Fire Department Lt. Scott Cathy, a first responder, spoke about the tragedy of 9/11 from that perspective.

“We chose to live a life of service, we chose to put ourselves in harm’s way,” noted Cathy. “We choose to live a life of service. When we get on the engine, or the ambulance, we are honoring our calling.”

Sara Jayne Steen addresses crowd at 10th anniversary memorial ceremony of 9/11 terror attacks
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen noted the events of 9/11 changed the world as we know it.

“Today, we remember a day ten years ago that profoundly affected all of us old enough to remember it,” Steen said. “In remembrance, we recognize the worst and the very best of which the human spirit is capable.”

The ceremony concluded with the release of peace doves and a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace.
Following the memorial service, Plymouth State hosted a 9/11 Memorial concert at the Silver Center, with singers and instrumentalists from throughout New Hampshire joining Dan Perkins and the PSU choirs in performances of Jonathan Santore’s Later and Karl Jenkins The Armed Man.

In the News

Example Image

PSU professor who was inspired by nurses honored for her own work

By DAN SEUFERT Union Leader Correspondent GAMBLE PLYMOUTH — Sandra Gamble first recognized the tireless, often thankless, work done by nurses when her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2003. A year later, he passed away. But she was so impressed by his nurses’ dedication and love of their work that she decided to […]

Example Image

PSU Symphonic Band gets a new start with contemporary wind, band works

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State University Symphonic Band visits some “New Beginnings” with a concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Silver Center for the Arts on campus. The program highlights newer contemporary works for wind ensemble and concert band, including “Gavorkna Fanface” by Jack Stamp, “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey, “Metamorphosis” by Andrew […]

Example Image

Plymouth State University creates Honor Society of Nursing

Inaugural induction ceremony recognizes faculty, local nursing professionals and graduates PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University recognized 31 nursing faculty and students with the institution’s first induction ceremony into the PSU Honor Society of Nursing. The inductees are recent graduates who maintained at least a 3.5 GPA, community nursing professionals and qualified faculty members who have graduated […]