The University of Mississippi’s ROTC program will host the annual 9/11 Memorial Run at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, September 8th in remembrance of terrorist attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on New York and Washington. The run, which is in remembrance of the victims and first responders who came to their aid, begins in front of the Lyceum and continues to the Oxford Square and back.
Local first responders and the public are invited to the run, which is open to anyone who wants to either participate or show their support by encouraging the runners.
“The 9/11 Memorial Run continues to grow each year with more student organizations,” said Scott Caldwell, recruiting operations officer for UM Army ROTC. “Last year, we had members of the Ole Miss Rebelettes and increased fraternity, sorority and Oxford community participation. We would love to see this 9/11 Memorial Run grow even more and welcome the biggest participation we have ever had.”
The university’s Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force ROTC programs host the event each year and Caldwell added that Ole Miss is one of the nation’s few universities to have all four branches of military service represented on campus.
“The run is an important event that brings together all the ROTC military services and local first responders,” Caldwell said.
The route for the event will be different this year with runners starting at the Lyceum, making their way around the Square, and then returning back to the Lyceum instead of the Grove as they have done in previous years.
“We will start at the Lyceum and run around the Square, but this year the endpoint is back at the Lyceum instead of the Grove,” said Cadet Justin Bush, senior integrated marketing communications major from Brandon and the cadet public affairs officer for the program.
Another change is that organizers are asking people to park at the Jackson Avenue Center so they can be shuttled over at 6 a.m. to Paris Yates Chapel.
“The goal is to make this year’s 9/11 Memorial Run the biggest we have ever done,” said Cadet Justin Bush, who serves as the cadet public affair officer for the program and is a senior integrated marketing communications major from Brandon. “We hope to continue this upward trend as we get the Oxford community and university involved.”