Remembering 9/11


To commemorate the victims of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, members of Kappa Alpha Society placed 2,977 American flags on the Quad in observance of the 17th anniversary of the tragedy. This year, the brothers assembled additional flags to represent 372 foreign nationals from more than 60 countries who also lost their lives.

“This is a powerful experience for us as a brotherhood and as a campus each year,” says Kappa Alpha president Steven Ives ’19, who reflects on the 2001 tragedy as one of his earliest memories. “We find peace in paying tribute to the victims in our own way and remembering 9/11 together.”

This year, HWS community members also attended a candlelight vigil organized by the Young Americans for Freedom on the steps of Coxe Hall, and attended the City of Geneva ceremony at Lakefront Park.

In 2001, the HWS community lost three alumni during the attacks at the World Trade Center, all of whom worked for the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald: Andrew H. Golkin ’93, Scott W. Rohner ’01 and Michael J. Simon ’83, P’11, P’13. A memorial plaque dedicated to the Hobart alums was placed on campus at the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, and Kappa Alpha’s tribute coincides with additional memorials on campus and in Geneva each year.

Kappa Alpha’s tradition was established in 2014 by Connor May ’16 and Jack Slattery ’16, who were both impacted by the attacks and wanted a way to touch future generations. May’s uncle is a survivor, while Slattery was able to see the World Trade Center from his second grade classroom.

The brothers wanted to create “a tribute that will serve as a reminder of the severity and amount of lives lost,” says May, as well as “a symbol showing we haven’t forgotten."


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