USF To Remember 9/11 Friday

The service will take place Friday at the Marshall Center Amphitheater.


Media Contact: Barbara Melendez, 813-974-4563.


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2010) – To honor and remember those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the University of South Florida will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Service at 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday in the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater.


The service will include reflections by guest speakers Juan Antonio Rivera and Roger Picard, who were both first responders in the aftermath of the attack.


Rivera, a USF student and employee in USF’s Office of Veterans Services, served for 10 years as a police officer in Carteret, N.J. where he received the Police Medal of Honor. Rivera helped to provide perimeter security on the night of the attack and during the weeks that followed. Rivera also served 14 years of active duty and in the reserve component of the Army National Guard.


Picard, a lieutenant with the Tampa Fire Rescue, has more than 30 years of service as a firefighter and paramedic and has received the Tampa Fire Rescue’s Firefighter of the Year award. As a member of the Federal Disaster Search and Rescue Team, he was deployed with his search and rescue dogs to the World Trade Center.


Student Government President Cesar Hernandez will open the service, which will begin with the presentation of the colors and the national anthem, followed by remarks by USF President Judy Genshaft. Following the remarks by Rivera and Picard, USF Vice President for Student Affairs Jennifer Meningall will lead guests in a moment of silence.


“It is very important that we take time to remember this tragic day in our history,” said Larry Braue, USF Director of Veteran Services. “This event has forever changed America. Like Pearl Harbor, this day will live in infamy. As time passes in our fast-paced society, it is very easy for Americans to forget. However, this is a day we must never forget.”


The event is being sponsored by the Office of Veteran Services, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Center for Student Involvement and is open to the public. In case of rain, the service will take place inside the Marshall Student Center in room MSC 2708.