SCF Campuses Hosted 9/11 Commemoration

(Bradenton, Fla., September 12, 2014) In commemoration of 9/11, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) hosted ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at SCF Bradenton and SCF Venice.

The ceremony at SCF Bradenton began 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, addressed participants at the ceremony. A moment of silence was held at 8:46 a.m. SCF music student Chris Leiper played taps.

Amber Putnam, who will become the first woman to command the Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2015, addressed 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 had trucks positioned with emergency lights to recognize fallen 9/11 fire rescue workers. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Navy Marine Recruiters also participated in the ceremony.

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

Members of the Venice High School chorus performed the national anthem, and the North Port High School (NPHS) chorus sang "Amazing Grace." NPHS student Denae Rabinette also played 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, passed the United States flag, which was raised by first responders from Sarasota County Fire Rescue/Emergency Medical Services Station No. 26.

Community members were presented with certificates of appreciation by SCF Venice Campus Executive Officer Darlene Wedler-Johnson. SCF Venice Student Government Association President Matthew D. Ruch concluded the ceremony with brief remarks. SCF information technology, student life and facilities departments also participated in and assisted in coordination of the ceremony.

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