SCF Campuses Commemorate 9/11
(Bradenton, Fla., September 11, 2013) – In commemoration of 9/11, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) hosted ceremonies on Wednesday, September 11, at SCF Lakewood Ranch, SCF Venice and SCF Bradenton.
SCF Bradenton held two ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. at the campus pavilion and 9:50 a.m. at the flagpole at the 26th Street entrance. The 8:30 a.m. ceremony began with a speech by SCF Bradenton Veterans Collegiate Association President Jim Fraser. Kathy Gilpin, SCF Campus Ministry chaplain assistant, led a prayer and rang a bell 11 times in remembrance of 9/11 victims and their families.
At the 9:50 a.m. ceremony, state Rep. Greg Steube addressed SCF veterans, first responders, military members and SCF faculty, staff and students. Fraser opened the ceremony with a speech followed by a prayer led by Father Bryan O'Carroll from St. George's Episcopal Church in Bradenton. A bell was rung 11 times in honor of heroes and victims of 9/11.
The Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue crew, led by Battalion Chief Collier, positioned trucks with emergency lights to recognize fallen 9/11 fire rescue workers. Also participating were active service members from the U.S. Marine Corps and the Navy and members of Manatee County Sheriff's Office. SCF music student Chris Leiper played "Taps" at both ceremonies.
The ceremony at SCF Lakewood began at 8:45 a.m. with a moment of silence and meditation at the flagpole in front of the Center for Innovation and Technology.
The ceremony at SCF Venice began at 8:55 a.m. at the main flagpole at the entrance of the campus. SCF Venice Government Association President Carl Prinner introduced SCF Venice Provost Darlene Wedler-Johnson who made opening remarks. SCF Venice Veterans Exchange President Chris Stough and Staff Sgt. R. M. Fredericks, Marine Recruiting Station of Sarasota, led the presentation of colors and arms. Other participants included Sean Murphy and Scott Rich, trumpet players; Kayla Moreau, Sarasota Military Academy graduate and former SCF dual-enrolled student, bagpipe player; Sarasota Fire Department and Capt. Pearson; Kathy Snyder, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs; Robert Masucci, SCF facilities; and Venice High Choir members Aimee Trempe, Cali Irland, Ashley Hugel and Maricel Cumbo, national anthem. SCF Venice public safety, information technology, student life and facilities departments also participated and assisted in the coordination of the ceremony.
Dr. Donald Bowman, SCF vice president of student affairs, Steve Prouty,
SCF general counsel, State Rep. Greg Steube, and Randall Kennedy, SCF Veterans
Collegiate Association public affairs officer.
State Rep. Greg Steube with SCF administrators, public safety,
veterans, first responders and active military members at a 9/11
ceremony at SCF Bradenton.
SCF Venice commemorated 9/11 with first responders,
military members, veterans, students, faculty and staff.