On September 11, 2010, Hillsborough Community College remembered the Heroes and the fallen from that terrible day that occured nine years ago in dowtown Manhattan, NY. In a collaborative effort that included two campuses and many different outside agencies including Lt. Howard Wooden representing the Hillsborough County Sherriff's department and members from the Armed Forces, a celebration of their lives took place on the Brandon campus where poems and songs were offered, and other activities were used to focus on our country's strengths, especially the spirit of its citizens.
The Ybor City Campus brought a small ensemble that performed incidental music, (Autumn in New York, Oh When the Saints, Take the A Train) and featured two of our fine vocalists in four patiotic songs; America, the Beautiful, God Bless America, Our National Anthem and "For Good" from the Broadway Hit Musical, Wicked.
It well may be that we will never meet again in this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine by being my friend...
Lorena Lopez, Vocals; Spunde, Bass; Will Brant, Trombone;
Brian Jones, Trombone (military); Patrick Ensley, Alto Sax;
Jerry Krumbholz, Tenor Sax; Evan Thibeault, drums;
Robert Winslow, piano
Jasmine Rahming of the Brandon Campus PTK served as coordinator of the event and did a remarkable job of pulling together so many disparate segments of the program. Margel Lamb, who worked closely with Jasmine, helped with the nuts and bolts of running the ceremony.
Lots of food, cotton candy and drinks;a raffle with periodic drawings; an American History quiz (where one of the Brandon campus proffessors seemed to be edging out the competition :-); a New York city costume contest with Rosie the Riveter, The Statue of Liberty, a NYC detective, a nurse and many others all went into making this remembrance a celebration of those who gave their lives to protect our liberties. The evening closed with the crowd going outside for a moment of silence and to light luminaries.