CUNY University in Lower Manhattan Remembers 9/11 Victims

Borough Community College in lower Manhattan remembers a sad moment in its history.

“Today we celebrate all the people we lost at that time here at BMCC, at the university, throughout the city and we also celebrate all the heroes who helped us build the city and we can never forget those sacrifices,” said Felix Matos Rodríguez , Chancellor of CUNY.

With this wreath, students, faculty and staff of this study center, which is a few blocks from the World Trade Center, remembered its 8 students and faculty members who died during the September 11 attacks.

When the first plane crashed into the north tower, classes were being held here and the university had to be evacuated and closed. Half of the deceased were Hispanic.

“Very sad and they must always be remembered no matter if 100 years pass or 20 years must always be remembered,” said Kayle Chimbal, student.

And in addition to the human losses, this educational institution also lost one of its schools that suffered extensive damage when the building number seven of the World Trade Center collapsed on it and had to be demolished. A new building has risen in its place.

“It is appropriate that today we take the time to acknowledge your existence and your importance in the lives of your family members, your community and here at BMCC. To say, we know who you are, we respect you and we can never forget what happened on 11 September, “said Anthony Munroe President of BMCC.

Foreign Minister Matos posted a message on social media referring to the ceremony at the BMCC on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Due to its proximity to the World Trade Center, the NYPD and Port Authority police used the university buildings as a command center where recovery and rescue efforts were coordinated.

And after the terrorist attacks it was thought to dissolve the university and send the students and teachers to other CUNY universities in New York City.

“But President Pérez at that time called all the people he could to help call the students, to find space where we could give classes and that was a very strong experience of solidarity of a collective spirit,” explained Patricia Mathews Salazar, in charge from the Department of Ethnic and Race Studies.

In addition to those killed from BMCC, 67 former John Jay Jay College graduates, including police and firefighters, were also killed in the attacks.

“A lot of other personnel too, over the years due to health conditions all the dust they sucked in at that time in the rescue work. So there is a whole loss of human life that we have to celebrate that we have to remember,” he added. Chancellor Matos.



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