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NMSU ROTC to commemorate 9/11

New Mexico State University?s Air Force and Army ROTC invite the community to join them in events honoring the victims of 9/11, beginning with a silent run at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11. A memorial service and flag ceremony will follow, with NMSU?s Army ROTC firing a cannon to mark the exact times the planes hit.


?As we reflect on the freedoms America provides for us on this Patriot Day, let us remember our friends, brothers, sisters, fellow Americans who died on Sept. 11, 2001,? said Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC commander and professor of aerospace studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?With gratitude, we salute those who sacrifice time, talents, families and futures in the fight to maintain and preserve the freedoms we enjoy.?

More than 100 cadets and cadre will participate in the two-mile run. Participants will begin at Young Hall, heading west down North Horseshoe Street toward Espina, then south toward Wells Street, going north at Locust Street and taking a left at the International Mall, heading toward Young Hall and concluding the run outside Hadley Hall.

After a brief memorial service, the Army ROTC will fire four cannons outside Young Hall. They will fire at 6:46 a.m. for American Airlines Flight 11; at 7:03 a.m. for United Airlines Flight 175; at 7:37 a.m. for American Airlines Flight 77; and at 7:59 a.m. for United Airlines Flight 93.

?The significance of this day to the military, and, in turn, the NMSU Army ROTC program, cannot be understated,? said Lt. Col. David McCoy, NMSU Army ROTC commander and professor of military science. ?Our program?s cadets will enter service as second lieutenants, and they are prepared to serve in order to ensure that no further days of remembrance are necessary.?

Prior to the events, NMSU cadets will pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 with a chalking on the International Mall. The public is invited to attend this annual event, which will take place from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sept. 9-10.

For more information, contact the NMSU Army ROTC at 575-646-4030.