St. Cloud State University students, faculty and staff gathered in front of Administrative Services to observe Patriot Day and the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The Student Veterans Organization raised the flags to half staff with the help of Sauk Rapids firefighter Tom Muehlbauer and Campus Area Police Officer Dan McClure ’03 ’14. Rebecca Wehe, Maple Grove, played “Taps,” and members of the ROTC Fighting Saints Battalion participated.
Student Veterans Organization President Brandon Askin, Sauk Rapids, an Army veteran and current member of the U.S. Army Reserves spoke about the 9/11 attacks and invited those present to remember that they are patriots.
“For a whole generation of Americans 9/11 has become for us a defining moment,” he said “For an entire nation it has become a symbol of how precious our freedom really is and has reminded each of us what it truly means to be an American.”
He asked them to remember and honor the victims of the attacks as well as the firefighters, medics and police who responded that day. He told them to remember the soldiers who fought the war on terror and honor those who died in service along with the wounded veterans and those who are still serving.