On the weekend of October 27th and 28th, Cadets from the Colonel Andrew J.
Saturday 27 Oct, Arnies arrived to help with the primary set-up. They helped
volunteers set up the many tables for all the guests they expected to show up
the next day. They placed tablecloths and festive décor around the facility.
They also decorated the tables with small American flags. On Sunday, 28 Oct,
Arnies helped to clean up the barn and to sweep out as much dust as possible.
They worked with the center’s volunteers to hang all of the service flags and
the American flag from the rafters. As guests arrived, Arnies made sure to
direct guests to the hot beverages and small snacks that were set out. Along
the way, Arnies placed out sandwiches, chips, and sweets for guests to grab as
they got hungry. Throughout the afternoon, volunteers made sure to keep the
food and drinks stocked and to assist any of the guest in finding bathroom
facilities or help them take food back to their table.
The sound of Taps
echoed hauntingly off the brick buildings surrounding the quad near building
14. “Present, ARMS” was commanded crisply as a dozen cadets saluted the 2,996
flags planted in honor of every life lost on 9/11. Over the course of the
previous week Dougherty squadron members have been dedicated in asking students
and faculty to donate a dollar to plant a flag in the grassy area we had
decided to use. All of the flags were originally donated by a local company by
the name ServPro of North-West Monroe County; this allowed our squadron to
raise money for our organization. 50% of all the donations we received are
going to go to a organization that will directly affect emergency responders at
ground zero, the organization we choose will be decided at our next bi-weekly
Cadets began the
ceremony at 0846 hours, the time when the North World Trade Center building was hit. By then a
curious crowd began to form on the sidewalk behind the memorial. The next
salute occurred at 0903 hours when the South World Trade Center was hit. At the third salute,
The Pentagon victims were remembered when it was hit at 0937 hours. Cadets were
joined by a handful of Navy Reservists from the nearby Greater Rochester International
Airport. At the final salute at 1003 hours, the citizens of Flight 93 were
honored. Cadets were joined by the entire AS400 Class, AFROTC Det 538 commander
Lt. Col Lagerquist, Army ROTC cadets, and their commander Lt. Col Whitaker. The memorial remained
until the following Sunday and was taken down by Dougherty squadron members.