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Air Force and Army ROTC to pay tribute to 9/11 victims

The campus and community are invited to take part in New Mexico State University's Air Force and Army ROTC's events to be held Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11, to honor the victims of 9/11.

Air Force and Army ROTC will also be holding their annual Joint Memorial Run at 6:30 a.m. Friday. The two-mile run will begin on the NMSU International Mall adjacent to Young Hall and just east of Hadley Hall. Police will escort Air Force and Army cadets down the horseshoe, right on Espina Street and up University Avenue to the Pan American Center and back down the International Mall to the campus horseshoe where a brief memorial service and flag ceremony will be held. Those wishing to run with the cadets should arrive between 6 and 6:15 a.m.

The Army ROTC will be firing cannon volleys throughout the morning at 6:46, 7:03, 7:37 and 8:03 a.m., the exact times the respective aircrafts struck.

"Events like these are important to commemorate the victims who lost their lives as well as those who risked them," Air Force ROTC cadet Maj. Drew Lindley said. "ROTC will continue with this tradition for years to come."

From 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Air Force ROTC will be writing the names of the more than 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks in chalk on the concourse of Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Saturday will round out the events with the annual 50-flag detail being held prior to NMSU's first home football game of the season. Fifty flags representing each American state will be displayed in the order in which they entered the union. Air Force and Army ROTC cadets will march onto the field in stagger formation, with each cadet stopping at every other yard lines. Before the game, a 9/11 tribute will commence with a moment of silence and a flyover. At halftime, the American flag will be presented by the 573rd Clearance Company of the 2nd Engineering Battalion of White Sands Missile Range to celebrate the recent homecoming from combat operations in Iraq.