Where were you?
Ask that question in reference to 9-11 and just about anyone can tell you where and what they were doing, Sept. 11, 2001.
Sept. 11, 2011, United Way of St. Clair Co. hosted a “9-11 remembrance walk” to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and encourage volunteerism.
According to the United Way of St. Clair Co’s web site, the United Way Volunteer Action Center had over 1300 hours of volunteer service pledged during this remembrance walk event. The web site also stated the self guided remembrance walk included peace poles at seven different locations in Port Huron.
Poles were located in front of the main building on the SC4 campus, First United Methodist Church, St. John United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grace Episcopal Church, and Pine Grove Park.
A dedication was held at the United Way offices on Military Street, the sight of the eight, and newest, peace pole.
Members of the SC4 Global Awareness Club presented a lecture on Ground Zero in New York, having visited there March, 2011.
SC4 student, out going Global Awareness Club President and current Student Government Treasurer, Matthew Boyd of Port Huron Township was one of those participating in the event.
“It was a good event. A lot of people are still affected by 9-11, even ten years later,” said Boyd.
Boyd explained that as a member of the Global Awareness Club, he was one of the students that went to New York in March to see Ground Zero firsthand and meet 9-11 survivors.
“It was a humbling experience, getting to see the devastation on the spot of where over 2,900 people’s lives were taken away,” said Boyd.
SC4 Liberal Arts Major, Stephanie Doan of Port Huron also participated in the walk, saying it was important to attend for all of those born after the 9-11 attack.
“If we forget, they will never really know what happened because it had no direct affect on them,” said Doan.
The United Way Volunteer Action Center promotes local volunteerism through a software program that matches volunteers with local non-profit opportunities says the organizations web site.
To learn more on how to volunteer, go to the United Way web site at: www.uwstclair.org, or call their office at: (810) 985-8169.