September 8, 2023

Purdue Army ROTC to hold inaugural Tri-Service 9/11 Memorial Stadium Run

Purdue Army ROTC is hosting a memorial run at Ross-Ade Stadium at 5:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 11) to pay tribute to the fallen first responders and service members during the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

More than 700 participants are expected for the inaugural Tri-Service 9/11 Memorial Stadium Run, including individuals from the Purdue Army ROTC, Purdue Navy ROTC, Purdue Air Force ROTC, Purdue’s Veterans Success Center, Purdue University Police Department, Purdue University Fire Department, emergency medical services, Purdue Military Research Institute, Purdue Athletics and additional university offices. 

Participants will run 2,200 stairs to represent the 110 flights of stairs that were in the World Trade Center’s twin towers. A moment of silence will be observed, followed by remarks from university and ROTC senior leaders.

“This event will give everyone involved a renewed understanding of 9/11, remind them of why service is important, and strength the relationship between all participants,” says Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Russell, MS III military science instructor in Purdue Army ROTC.

Purdue Army ROTC will look to include more of the Greater Lafayette community in future 9/11 memorial runs.

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