Ten years have passed since the day that will be forever seared into our nation’s collective memory. In a series of events scheduled on and off campus, the Rollins community paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost on September 11, 2001 and demonstrated its enduring commitment to building a better world.
Honoring the White House’s challenge to bring Americans together in the spirit of compassion, unity, and service through participation in the National Weekend of Service and Remembrance, Rollins launched its tribute events on Saturday, September 10 with service opportunities at Fern Creek Elementary School, a Title I school, and the Paragon School, a school dedicated to serving students with autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s syndrome. On Sunday, September 11, the public safety offices of the City of Winter Park, along with the Winter Park Fire Department Honor Guard, held a wreath-laying service at Rollins’ 9/11 Memorial, which features authentic touchstones from the three attack sites. The stones were secured and delivered to Rollins by alumnus Tony Wilner ’83. Later that afternoon, the Rollins Concert Choir and Bach Festival Society performed Mozart’s Requiem in Knowles Memorial Chapel. On Monday, September 12, the College held a special ceremony for the Rollins community, allowing individuals to call out the names of those they wished to remember while poems of remembrance and a prayer for peace were read.