Student Veterans Visit National 9/11 Memorial to Pause and Reflect on Service Past and Present

9/11 Memorial Visitor Pass

9/11 Memorial Visitor Pass. Photo courtesy of Jenny Ert.

 

On a brisk October Saturday morning, students attending Community College of Rhode Island piled into a van and drove to New York City.  Some students knew one another, others were newly acquainted, but they all shared a common bond: they were student veterans.  They spent the day in the city, enjoying the sights and sounds of Times Square, Central Park, and the pleasant intimacy that comes with riding the southbound express train during rush hour.

The highlight of the trip was the National 9/11 Memorial.  Naomi Serra, a CCRI student and an officer in the CCRI Student Veterans Organization, said “Being able to touch the names of those we lost was so special.  I can’t wait for the next SVO trip.”  Chad McFarlane, Scholarships for Service: AmeriCorps Student Civic Fellow alumnus and current SFS Peer Mentor, coordinated the outing.  According to Chad, the purpose of the trip was to “pay tribute to those lost during the attacks and reflect on why many of us decided to serve.”

“Being able to touch the names of those we lost was so special.  I can’t wait for the next SVO trip.” – Naomi Serra

CCRI SVO

Members of the Community College of Rhode Island Student Veterans Organization. Photo courtesy of Jenny Ert.

The National 9/11 Memorial trip was the first of many events planned for the new program year to further the AmeriCorps initiative to help veterans adjust to civilian life.  The next event on the agenda is the Second Annual Armed Forces Recognition Day.  The CCRI Student Veterans Organization will be dedicating a plaque in honor of the 26 Rhode Islanders who died during operations supporting the Global War on Terror.  The event is open to the public, and will be taking place on Thursday, November 8th between 2:30 and 4:30 PM at the Newport County CCRI campus.

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