Published On: Mon, Jan 23rd, 2017

Moment of Silence Honor Life, Legacy of Lynn Earthquake Victims

lynn-memorialBy Staff Reports

Seven years after six Lynn University students and faculty members were killed in an earthquake in Haiti, employees and students held a moment of silence recently to honor their memories.

“The Journey of Hope and each of its members will forever be an important part of the Lynn story,” President Kevin M. Ross said, according to a news release on the school’s web site. “Every year we come together and mourn, but more importantly, we remember and celebrate their lives.”

Family members of three of the victims, a survivor and friends attended the brief ceremony at the Remembrance Plaza on campus as part of the Knights Unite Day of Caring. The annual event occurs during the university’s January Term to coincide with Jan. 12, the anniversary of the disaster.

The students, professors and eight other students were on a relief mission with Food for the Poor, an international nonprofit based in Broward County. The group arrived one day before a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country and the Hotel Montana, where the group was staying was destroyed.

This year, faculty held several off-campus volunteer events and collected non-perishable food, school supplies, hygiene products and plastic bottle caps to support local charities and organizations.

Students and staff will continue their community service at the sixth annual “Miracle League” Spring Training game, a baseball training camp for children with mental, physical and developmental challenges.

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