September 11 marked the 16 year anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center. While many current QCC students may have little or no memory of the events of that crisp Autumn day, it changed our world forever. On this anniversary, the QCC community once again paused to remember and also thank our veterans, first responders and public safety officers who protect and serve us every day.
During a heartfelt memorial service on the first anniversary of 9/11, a Peace Pole was erected on campus between the Fuller Student Center and Surprenant Hall in the hope that peace would prevail. Alongside the Peace Pole a weeping cherry tree was also planted with the desire that we, as a community, would always remember the day this nation wept. Today the Peace Pole and cherry tree stand as continual reminders of peace for our college, community, country and the world.
In keeping with the premise of peace, the college also observed the International Day of Peace on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, the International Day of Peace is day dedicated to, “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” In honor of this day, QCC students, faculty and staff gathered together for peace in the Grotto, to observe and learn mindfulness and to show respect, safety and dignity for all.