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SDSU News Service

September 13, 2012 (San Diego)--Hundreds of students, faculty and staff gathered in front of Hepner Hall to take part in San Diego State University’’s Patriot Day ceremony, honoring the victims and heroes from 9/11.

ROTC led the ceremony, which included brief remarks, lowering the American flag to half-mast and a moment of silence.

Major George Zuniga, second in command for SDSU ROTC, said the 9/11 attacks fortified American resolve.

“These acts shattered airplanes, buildings and the lives of nearly 3,000 victims and their families, but they failed to shatter America’s courage and character,” he said.  “Today the SDSU community remembers the tragic events of that day and the amazing, heroic actions of the first responders.”

Staff Sgt. Matthew Gregory read a prayer originally written by a Navy chaplain.

“We journeyed through a dark valley, but your light has led us to a place of hope,” he intoned.  “You have turned our grief into determination.  We are resolved to do what is good, and right, and just.”


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