Staff, students and members of the community came together at Lorain County Joint Vocational School to remember those injured and killed in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in a ceremony Tuesday, the 17th anniversary.
The ceremony was held at the school’s memorial, a 7-foot section taken from a larger beam that was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center. It is welded to two steel supports that represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center and is positioned at a 9.11 degree angle on a pentagon-shaped platform.
“Some of our young people may or may not have even been born, but it is important for them to read and study about this day and understand what it means to be a U.S. citizen,” said Superintendent Glenn Faircloth, himself a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Students participated throughout the ceremony. Ninth grader Corinthia Williams sang the national anthem, public safety juniors and seniors presented the colors, led by instructor Jeff Dawson, and a wreath was presented at the base of the memorial by Savannah Bennett, cosmetology senior from Wellington; Hailey Ferry, cosmetology senior from North Ridgeville and Charles Williams, marketing senior from North Ridgeville.
JVS instructor Justin Frisce, a U.S. Navy fire controlman third class, was the featured speaker, reflecting on his personal experiences from Sept. 11 and the days that followed.
“We were in uncharted waters, uncertainty all around, so we did what Americans have the capacity to do best,” he said. “We looked to our neighbors in our shared experience and got through it because of each other.
“That day was tragic and unprecedented and terrifying. But we didn’t fall apart. We didn’t turn on each other. At this moment, right now, you are surrounded by people with whom you see issues differently, perhaps have even argued vehemently with. Yet united you stand, gathered here as Americans. Take that with you today.”