Victoria College remembers the 9/11 fallen (video)

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Sept. 11, 2013 at 4:11 a.m.
Updated Sept. 12, 2013 at 4:12 a.m.

Students and faculty gathered outside the Victoria College student center Wednesday morning to honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

VC professor Larry Dunn approached a lectern in solemn silence.

Dunn, who served in the Army for eight years, was asked to speak at the college event conducted near a memorial tree planted a year after the attacks.

"Sept. 11 is the kind of day that we'll never forget," Dunn said.

The professor said he was stopped by a nursing student who broke the news to him on the day of the attacks.

"Suddenly, people who were strangers became neighbors after that day," Dunn said.

In his pocket, Dunn carried the Bible his grandfather carried with him when he served in World War I.

Nearby VC police cadets and fire academy students stood listening to Dunn's speech.

"I don't carry any bitterness or anger with me," he said. "Instead, I carry a resolve that it will never happen again."

VC sophomore Jonathan Flores, 19, watched from a patch of grass with fellow students as fire cadets carried a floral arrangement from one side of the tent to the other.

A yellow ribbon in memory of the 9/11 victims was pinned on the side of his VC Pirate cap.

He was a student at Nixon-Smiley Elementary School when the attacks happened.

"It's important to keep all this alive in everyone's minds," Flores said. "It was a big deal, a big event that has changed our country completely."

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