Montclair State University took this Saturday to give back to its community in honor of the firefighters and the servicemen and women who gave their life 20 years ago on Sept. 11.
The day started with a complimentary breakfast for the students who offered to volunteer. Most volunteers were students participating in fraternities and sororities.
Around 8 a.m., Montclair State President Jonathan Koppell came on stage at the Student Center ballroom to thank those volunteering and to emphasize the importance of this day.
The Greek life members were then dispersed all across Montclair, New Jersey to help engage in different acts of community service, many of which included gardening and landscaping.
Members of the sorority Delta Phi Epsilon went outside the Student Center to help in the community garden. The garden was overgrown and in need of harvesting. Koppell was there helping as well.
Over at Montclair High School, some students were helping with gardening around the 9/11 beam memorial of World Trade Center Tower 2, dedicated to Ronald J. Ruben, who graduated with the class of 1983 and lost his life in the attacks.
Downtown Montclair held a small parade accompanied by local firefighters and police officers, complete with the sound of trumpets and waving flags.
Over at the Nathaniel Crane House in the historic section of Downtown Montclair, students were helping mulch and garden the area, while picking tomatoes and even fetching chickens.
Koppell also visited Montclair High School and the garden at the Crane House to help and talk to the community members.
Even 20 years after the tragedy, both Americans and students at Montclair State stand in unity with one another to give back to their community.