SCF Campuses Hold 9/11 Commemoration

(Bradenton, Fla., September 10, 2014) – In commemoration of 9/11, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at SCF Bradenton and SCF Venice. The events are free and open to the public.

The ceremony at SCF Bradenton will begin at the flagpole at the 26th Street West entrance with a welcome and prayer from Chris Wardman, advisor of the SCF Bradenton chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA). Randy Kennedy, U.S. Army veteran and member of the SCF Bradenton chapter of the SVA, will address participants at the ceremony. A moment of silence will be held at 8:46 a.m. SCF music student Chris Leiper also will play taps.

Amber Putnam, who will become the first woman to command the Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2015, will address participants at the end of the ceremony. Putnam has served in the U.S. Air Force for 32 years, including 21 years in active duty. She is an administration officer for Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

The Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue crew will have trucks positioned with emergency lights to recognize fallen 9/11 fire rescue workers. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Navy Marine Recruiters also will participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony at SCF Venice will begin at the main flagpole at the entrance of the campus. Donald Humphrey, president of the SCF Venice chapter of the SVA, will be the keynote speaker. A moment of silence will be held at 8:46 a.m.

Members of the Venice High School chorus will perform the national anthem, and the North Port High School (NPHS) chorus will sing "Amazing Grace." NPHS student Denae Rabinette also will play taps on the trumpet.

SCF Venice Public Safety Sgt. Robert Masucci and Roger Mussone, trades worker for SCF Venice facilities and retired Rhode Island commissioner, will pass the United States flag, which will be raised by first responders from Sarasota County Fire Rescue/Emergency Medical Services Station No. 26. Community members will be presented with certificates of appreciation by SCF Venice Campus Executive Officer Darlene Wedler-Johnson. SCF Venice Student Government Association President Matthew D. Ruch will conclude the ceremony with brief remarks. SCF information technology, student life and facilities departments also will participate in and assist in coordination of the ceremony.


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