This Sunday marks 15 years to the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but a milestone anniversary is not required to remember that horrific day. Everyone has a story of where they were as they watched the news unfold. Many lost friends or family members. Most at least knew of someone who was impacted.
Four Bucknell alumni lost their lives in New York City on 9/11: Keith Coleman ’90, Brad Fetchet ’99, Mark McGinly ’97, and Bonnie Shihadeh Smithwick ’68. Brad (lacrosse) and Mark (golf) were both varsity student-athletes. Bonnie helped start a women’s golf club at Bucknell.
Each year, Bucknell holds 9/11 remembrances to honor our four fallen alumni, as well as all of those who lost friends and alumni. Later today, there will be a 15th anniversary ceremony on the engineering quad. Tomorrow, the Bucknell wrestling team is teaming up with the Travis Manion Foundation to host a 9/11 Heroes Run in Lewisburg. Also today, there will be a special ceremony at the Bachman Golf Center to honor Mark McGinly, who captained the Bison golf team as a senior in 1997.
To remember Mark, a flagpole and plaque have been installed at the Bachman Golf Center. Mark’s father, Bill, and brother, Sean, will be in Lewisburg for the dedication ceremony tonight, as will two of his former roommates in New York: Bison basketball alumni Kevin Wenk and Dave Steigerwald. Another friend, former Bison tennis player Drew Thimme ’97, will be one of the speakers.
The plaque reads, “In memory of Mark Ryan McGinly ’97 on the 15th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks; Given by Family, Friends and Teammates; September 2016.”
As the Bucknell men’s golf team hosts its annual Bucknell Invitational this weekend, it will do so in memory of Mark and other heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country.