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MCC remembers Sept. 11

McHenry County College in Crystal Lake commemorated the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 by placing close to 3,000 American flags in the campus cafeteria patio. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

McHenry County College in Crystal Lake commemorated the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 by placing close to 3,000 American flags in the campus cafeteria patio. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

Students, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

The cafeteria patio near the campus peace pole saw close to 3,000 American flags to honor those who lost their lives during the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history.

Speakers spread a message of hope to those in attendance, and focused on the importance of never forgetting what happened a decade ago.

“Never before has our country endured pain to the degree that we did on that fateful day,” said Bill Brogan, criminal justice professor and former McHenry police chief. “We must never forget this most brutal and devastating attack on our country.

“Study it. Talk about it with your families and with your friends. Tell your children about it. As Americans we should be proud of those brave men and women that died on Sept. 11,” he said.

(PHOTOS: Flags honor those lives lost Sept. 11.)

Event coordinator Talia Koronkiewicz of the student life office was enrolled in her first week of classes at Carroll College the day 19 hijackers took control of four commercial airliners.

“I’ll never forget that day,” she said. “Everyone thought it was an accident. It takes time to really understand the magnitude of what happened that day. It is important to always recognize and remember our American history, especially when there is such tragedy that takes place in the world.”

It’s important to remember those still protecting the country, Brogan said.

“Their efforts are keeping us all safer here at home,” he said. “The next time you have the chance, go up to that solider, that firefighter, police officer or EMT. Thank them for the job they do everyday.”

Student Amanda Appner also read a poem during the event.

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