Fort Valley State University Remembers 9/11 | News
Students, faculty, and members of the Peach County community gathered at the C.W. Pettigrew Center at Fort Valley State University for the commemorative September 11th ceremony.
The featured keynote speaker was Retired Major General Charles M. Hood, Jr., who served in the U.S. Army for 35 years.
Many of the students gathered at the ceremony were children when 9/11 happened.
"I was 6. I remember seeing it on TV. I didn't live here at the time, so I was just I saw on TV, 'Why are those buildings blowing up?' But I didn't understand what was going on," said Janeal Jackson, a college freshman.
"I remember I was in elementary school sitting in class, and I turned on the TV and I saw these planes crashing into these two buildings, and it was scary at first for me because I didn't know what was going on," said Kelphe Blue, a college freshman.
And 12 years later, some students still remember the emotions they felt when the planes crashed into the towers.
"I was so scared to the point that I looked outside and thought, 'Oh, I wonder if this plane was going to hit me next,'" said Sammy Coons, a college freshman.
The FVSU band led the community in a march to the newly-unveiled USA Square where more remarks were made.
"Well, our hopes are that our students that were 6, 12, 4 years old will be educated on what has happened such that we will always be bonded by 9/11," said Donavon Coley, Special Assistant to the President for special initiatives.