Today, the Military Law Caucus at Penn State held a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the main campus in University Park Friday Afternoon.
Dylan Huberman spoke with the organizations President and Treasurer following the gathering.
Members of the caucus shared their emotions regarding the fateful day twenty years ago Saturday.
The group assembled outside of the law school’s Lewis Katz building Friday Afternoon.
They began with a moment of silence, remembering those who lost their lives in the tragedy.
For MLC treasurer Garvey McKee, preserving the memory is essential.
“And I think especially for people my age and people in my generation, I’m one of the last people that I know that remembers 9/11. My wife’s a year younger, she has no memory from the day, so I feel a heavy responsibility on my shoulder to do what I can to, um, make sure that memory is preserved and that people know what happened and it’s still fresh in their minds.”
The organization’s President, Reed Hennessy, feels a similar responsibility, wanting to pass down his Father’s sights from that torrid day.
“Well for me personally, and my family really, uh, my dad grew up as a New Yorker. Up until the collapse of the Twin Towers, you know, worked in the Merrill Lynch offices there, was in a meeting
right across the street when it actually happened, uh, so you know, unfortunately to say, had too good of a view of those day’s events and the memory of that is always with him.”
McKee feels an importance of this commemoration thanks to his Uncle, who escaped the towers that day.
“This event means a lot, um, I have a personal connection, my uncle was, was at, at the Twin Towers on the day of 9/11 and he shared some of his stories with me and so I feel a responsibility to
kind of share his story and what he saw and what he experienced with others.”
And it serves as a reminder of how precious every second really is.
“Absolutely, I mean, you can wake up one day and you don’t know what’s going to happen, you know? Uh, the way my father has described it…remembering those events or recounting them, it’s almost as if he was watching himself be in a movie, it just seemed unreal but…one, one, one hour can change a lifetime.”
The stories of both Hennessy’s dad and McKee’s Uncle will live on for years to come.