College Recognized 9/11 With Friday Video Tribute

POTTSTOWN PA – Montgomery County Community College, from its central campus in Blue Bell, shared a special online tribute Friday (Sept. 11, 2020) to remember those who lost their lives as well as their affected family members, and to honor brave first responders and members of the military who risked their lives on 9/11 – and daily – to protect the nation.

Hosting the tribute were Matthew Benko, college manager of veterans services and a U.S. Air Force veteran, and Russell Del Rosario, college director of campus safety in Pottstown, who served as a police officer in New York City when the 9/11 terrorist incidents occurred.

The college annually recognizes 9/11 with special ceremonies held on its campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it created and shared the online tribute with students, employees and the community.

Its video tribute began at 8:40 a.m. with lowering of the flag at the college Veterans Resource Center in Blue Bell, followed by a moment of silence at the time of the first attack. As Benko explains later in the video, the flag flying at the center is one that flew with him during his several deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Kuwait area.

The tribute includes comments by college President Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez, Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny, a member of the college Board of Trustees and a veteran; Michelle Brown Nevers, college executive director of enrollment management, who was in New York during the attack; Brad Herron, a college alumnus and veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army; Eric Bullen, retired gunnery sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps; Del Rosario and Benko.

“It is important that we continue to stand together and never forget those lives that were lost. It is equally important to honor our heroes, those public servants and everyday citizens who were courageous and sacrificed far beyond what we can imagine,” said Bastecki-Perez in the video tribute. “Today and every day, I forever remember and show my gratitude for those individuals who perished and are heroes. I encourage you to do an act of kindness today in service to honor and remember.”

Screenshot (at top) from the MCCC YouTube video (above)