Tuesday, September 11, 2012
12 noon Annual Memorial Program
6:00 pm Film: 9/11: An American Requiem (Registration required)
Annual Memorial Program
Each year, we honor alumni and other members of the Stony Brook family who were lost on September 11, 2001. Their deaths strengthen our resolve as a University community to foster the most basic ideals of freedom and equality. A memorial service will take place at the Memorial Grove in the SAC Circle 12 Noon. The Interfaith Center and Hospital Chapel will be open for those seeking a quiet place for prayer, meditation, and reflection.
Film: 9/11: An American Requiem
Wang Center Theater
Seating is limited. Registration required for film viewing and discussion
9/11: An American Requiem poignantly captures their journeys from the hellish scene of the disaster to their renewal 10 years later. This unique documentary offers a fresh and insightful look into the profound and long-term effects on this community and our nation as a whole through the voices of the responders. Their accounts are very intimate, often excruciatingly detailed, and unfiltered. The responders speak of their actions, motivation, courage, foibles, and resiliency. Although these stories speak of sorrow and pain, they are a source of celebration of the human spirit’s ability to transcend unimaginable hardships and still maintain its humanity.
Benjamin J. Luft, MD, Director of the WTC Health Program on Long Island, is the Executive Producer of this important film. As a medical doctor caring for the health needs of the responders, he was stirred by the personal experiences that his patients shared with him. He began the WTC Oral History Project to archive their stories so that others could bear witness to the events of 9/11 and the remarkable sacrifice made by many Americans to serve their country. He states, “extraordinary journeys are told with great humility, of the restoration of hope and meaning through a strong sense of community and country, duty and responsibility, brotherhood and tolerance, oftentimes with new spirituality and religion. While some think with nostalgia of the ‘Greatest Generation’ of Americans from the past century, one need look no further than these September 11th responders to find a current Great Generation, right here in our midst.”
Immediately following the presentation there will be a Q & A session with a few of the responders presented in the film.
This event is open to students, community members and faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Office of the President.