PCOM Remembers 9/11September 13, 2016
A crowd of students, faculty and staff gathered in the courtyard in front of Evans
Hall recently for a memorial ceremony to remember those lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks. The PCOM Pulmonics opened the ceremony with a short musical selection, and
the crowd was addressed by Kenneth Veit, DO ’76, MBA, provost, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean; Kara Gallagher
(DO ’19) and alumnus John Chovanes, DO ’00, who thanked the crowd for their time and
attention, and stressed the need to remember those who gave their lives to save others
on that day and those in the military who continue to defend the country.
“When you’re drinking the water, don’t forget who dug the well,” he said.
Dr. Chovanes was on the front lines of the disaster in the days following the terrorist
attacks; in the rubble of the World Trade Center, he helped rescue a Port Authority
policeman who had been trapped for more than 10 hours. Dr. Chovanes also serves as
a major in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, and has completed several tours at
combat support hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The event was hosted by the PCOM chapter of the Association of Military Osteopathic
Physicians and Surgeons.
Students, faculty and staff recently gathered for a memorial ceremony to remember
those lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ciccocioppo