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Patriot Day Concert

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PS 246 at 9/11 Memorial

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PATRIOT DAY CONCERT

SEPTEMBER 11, 2009

 

By K. Groh

October 7, 2013

  

In 2009, we were privileged to have Erik as our guest speaker. He spoke to our full house with harrowing and intimate details, perfect storytelling and respectful dignity and shared the events of 9/11 from his perspective on the 71st floor. For more than 40 minutes our audience of more than 1,400 citizens, sat riveted to their seats. We ran really late on our concert that evening but it was worth every minute.

       His ability to share his story clearly, with feeling but not pity, details but not exploitation, and most importantly, grace and humanity make his story a worthwhile read to any citizen of our great nation. His speech is still the best we ever had in our (now) 12 years of holding this concert

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James Meckley, ‘67

Event Organizer

  

On Saturday afternoon of the Alumni gathering, about 75 people filled the small, carpeted lecture hall to listen to Erik discuss his 9/11 experiences. It was one of the quietest, moving and mesmerizing gatherings I have ever attended. Erik spoke in a calm, controlled way, walking us through that day, speaking of helping others but never letting the fear he must have felt come through. Calculating his time, the severity of the situation, and always assisting those around him. Sometimes blunt with the description of what was heard or seen, but telling it with empathy and sorrow.

       It is a talk that you can hear time and time again and always hear another emotion or fact that you missed before. His calmness, preciseness, control with just a hint of emotion captivates you from the first word to the last. His words are like a melodic line—a melodic line that ends, but you wait for more. A truly moving and remarkable story that will make you think and wonder.

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