BCC Remembers

By Haley Burton

September 11, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome Community College faculty, students and staff come together to remember the events of September 11, 2001.

A ceremony was held outside the Wales Administration building on Tuesday. Dr. Kevin Drumm, BCC President, lead the campus in a moment of silence.

"I think it's particularly important for community colleges that we recognize this day because community college play such a critical role in educating and training our first responders across the nation," said Drumm, "Even if we didn't have 9/11, I think it would probably be a good idea for the nation to have an annual thank you for all the first responders in the nation who go out and put their life on the line every day and did so in many cases entirely on that particular occasion."

Steve Cole, a Binghamton firefighter, performed the bagpipe at the ceremony.

Dr. Drumm encouraged the campus community to take part in the national public service campaign, "I Will". It's now in its second year. The campaign urges people across the country to observe the 9/11/2001 anniversary as a day of doing good deeds in tribute to the victims, rescue and recovery workers and military.

"To turn a sad day into a positive tradition of doing a good turn for a neighbor or a friend or a first responder adds a really nice positive aspect to the day. It's a great idea and we support it," said Drumm.

The movement was founded by MyGoodDeed, a non-profit, shortly after the attacks. It is called "9/11 Day".