HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 09-12-02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC HELD COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE FOR SEPTEMBER 11

HCC held a commemorative service honoring the victims, volunteers, and heroes of the September 11 tragedy. The ceremony was held at noon on Wednesday, September 11 in the HCC auditorium.

Dr. Nathan Hodges, President of HCC, welcomed everyone and recognized students, faculty and staff that played a role in volunteering or clean up during the tragedy. The Pisgah High School ROTC Color Guard presented the flags and Kelly McCartney who is a HCC graduate and is presently in the US Air Force Reserves led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Cynthia Webb, Recruiter and Student Activities Coordinator, as well as June Rhinehart and Joy Rathbone, employees of the Haywood County Board of Education sang the "National Anthem." Reverend Mark Abbott, Youth and Music Minister of Barberville Baptist Church in Waynesville led a moment of silence and a prayer.

There were testimonials from those involved at Ground Zero. Nick Crawford, current HCC student and former US Army Infantryman spoke about his experiences while in Afghanistan. Crawford said the main thing he remembered from this entire experience was the unbelievable support from everyone in the United States.

Kathy Lovedahl, HCC Coordinator of Financial Aid shared her memories of volunteering in New York. Lovedahl says she read an advertisement where volunteers were needed to do paperwork in New York. Lovedahl worked at two relief centers in lower Manhattan. "Ground Zero looked like a huge hole in the middle of tall high rise buildings," Lovedahl recalls. "I just had the sense that the city was mourning and like each of us who have experienced loss and been comforted by friends, New York was being comforted by many strangers like me."

Men from the HCC faculty and staff sang "God Bless America" to close out the service as HCC honored and celebrated the brave volunteers and heroes who helped ease the nation in a time of need and crisis.

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