Binghamton University to mark eighth anniversary of September 11
The Binghamton University campus community will observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through a variety of activities.
A morning memorial ceremony will begin at 8:40 a.m. Friday, September 11, in front of the Couper Administration Building. At 8:46 a.m., a bell will chime to mark the moment when the first plane struck the World Trade Center. Several New York State University Police officers will then participate in a flag ceremony, followed by a moment of silence. Flowers will also be placed in the Memorial Courtyard in the Fine Arts building, at the monument commemorating the 15 Binghamton University alumni killed in the World Trade Center.
Binghamton University is also teaming up with the United Way of Broome County to participate in Day of Caring activities. Faculty, staff, students and alumni have volunteered to work on numerous projects at various locations including the Endicott Visitors Center, the playground of the Jewish Community Center and the Southern Tier Celebrates Living Landscapes project at the MetroCenter.
The Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life in conjunction with Hillel at Binghamton and the Jewish Heritage Program will hold its annual campus wide, Mitzvah Marathon from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Mitzvah is the Hebrew word for “good deed” and the marathon is designed to present the campus community with opportunities to do a good deed in memory of the victims of 9/11. A pavilion will be set up between the University Union and the Library Tower where participants will be able to choose from many opportunities to do a Mitzvah. Participants will fill out a form documenting their good deed that will be attached to a picture of a victim of 9/11 and strung along a memory wall erected on the walkway near the Library Tower fountain.
Many local charity agencies will be on hand to offer volunteer opportunities within the wider community. Also available will be multiple opportunities for participants to give money, make sandwiches for the homeless, donate food to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW), design New Year greeting cards for soldiers, design get well cards for children in local hospitals, and more. A Red Cross blood drive will take place from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Old Union Hall.