On a day of solemnity and worldwide remembrance, the Hofstra University community gathered together today to recognize those who were lost on September 11, 2001. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and loved ones honored fallen Hofstra family members with collective moments of silence, prayer, and words of encouragement.
“Each year at Hofstra, we read the names of our lost and each year we renew our commitment to move forward with resilience, with determination, and with vigilance” said President Stuart Rabinowitz, in a speech given at the CV Starr Labyrinth, where a memorial including the names of Hofstra community members who perished on 9-11 is erected. “Those who were lost that day will always endure in our hearts and minds.”
Individual roses representing the names of the Hofstra victims, including 26 alumni and one student, were placed on a wreath in remembrance. The ceremony was followed by a procession to the Circle of Remembrance at Memorial Quad, where participants observed a moment of silence and planted American flags in unity.
“Memorials services do help, it makes it easier,” said Doris Mardovich, whose son Edward Mardovich, a Hofstra alumnus, died on September 11. “Edward’s daughter just received her master’s degree from Hofstra in May, and I know that my son would have been so proud that she carried on the Hofstra tradition—and I know he’s smiling down on me today.”
As a living tribute, The Hofstra Special Collections Department’s September 11 Project Collection recently uploaded over 800 photos to the National 9/11 Memorial’s website in honor of fallen Long Islanders and Hofstra community members. The plan is to continue adding photographs to the National 9/11 Memorial site in the months ahead. For more information and to view the first 50 photographs submitted, please visit http://bit.ly/14jl1dm.