Months before the shooting at their school, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wind symphony was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall during a high school band showcase concert. Last March, 55 students traveled to New York City for a five-day trip of sightseeing and visits to cultural institutions throughout the city.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum tour was already planned as part of the trip, but the visit took on a new meaning following the tragic shooting at the high school in February. Two members of the marching band, Alex Schacter and Gina Montalto, were killed in the shooting.
Before the group toured the Museum, the students were greeted by 9/11 Memorial Museum President and CEO Alice M. Greenwald and Howard Lutnick, board member and the chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald, who shared his own story of personal loss and recovery.
The students were presented with an American flag that had been flown over the 9/11 Memorial, as well as a certificate indicating that a cobblestone on the Memorial plaza will be dedicated to the 17 people killed in the attack.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff