Four Clayton State University ROTC students formed the color guard for today’s 9/11 10th Anniversary event at World Trade Center Atlanta (WTCA).
According to WTCA President and Clayton State Director of International Programs John Parkerson, the cadets, “made us all very proud.”
Cadets Correnza Morris (College Park), Kaelen White (Atlanta), NuKonda White (Thomaston) and Viet Le (Morrow) were participating in the World Trade Center Atlanta’s 9/11 “10th Anniversary Remembrance” luncheon at Parkerson’s invitation. Also present with the color guard was Lieutenant Robert Walker, Clayton State senior military science instructor, and keynoter speaker, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, who had the chance to meet with the students after his presentation.
“Ambassador Young commented to me after his speech about how much he enjoyed meeting the cadets and chatting with them,” noted Parkerson in an email to Walker. “Not only did you and the cadets impress Ambassador Young, but the cadets also impressed Mayor Kasim Reed’s chief of staff, Candace Byrd, and the Mayor’s International Affairs Liaison, Noah Downer.”
Parkerson adds that more than 100 individuals attended the luncheon, with participants coming from all walks of international businesses, such as; Bank of America, Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, John Portman Enterprises, Nelson Mullins law firm, the Istanbul Center and Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce, the Islamic Speaker’s Bureau, the State of Georgia Appellate Court judiciary, Sunrise Bank, the American Nigerian International Chamber of Commerce, the Russian-American Business Alliance, and the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the event was covered by WXIA-TV, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and GlobalAtlanta.