Clarkson Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony Tuesday
Monday, September 10, 2012 - 6:43 am

The Clarkson University Air Force and Army ROTC color guard at Clarkson's 9-11 remembrance ceremony in 2011.

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University campus members and the local community are invited to gather at Clarkson's World Trade Center Memorial Sculpture from 8:30-9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 for a remembrance ceremony.

Members of local rescue squads, fire or police departments, active military and veterans are invited to attend in dress uniform.

If the weather is inclement, the ceremony will take place in the Student Center forum.

The steel in Clarkson's World Trade Center Memorial is from the World Trade Center. The day of the World Trade Center collapse, Clarkson alumnus Michael Bielawa, Class of ’85, was called to Ground Zero to supervise the clean-up efforts. He worked there for three weeks, clearing debris and helping to recover survivors.

Bielawa requested that the New York City Office of Emergency Management donate steel from the World Trade Center to Clarkson to be used for a memorial. Several years of planning and fund-raising led to the installation of a memorial in 2005.

This site is dedicated to the four Clarkson alumni who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks. Each of their names, Peter A. Klein '87, Paul R. Hughes '85, Richard J. O'Connor '75, and R. Mark Rasweiler '70, is engraved above a light installed in the foundation of the structure, and at night the beams are lit.