UAA ROTC comemoration run

UAA’s Air Force and Army ROTC programs joined together this year to remember 9/11 in their own way: a 24 hour long run.

35 of the schools cadets signed up and participated in a run that had them carrying the American flag for 24 straight hours non-stop.

They did it in shifts, each cadet ideally running for 30 minutes, but most staying in the commemorative marathon for up to two hours.

For Army ROTC Cadet, Danny Canlas, the run represented not only the attacks that occurred on that Tuesday morning 10 years ago, but also everything the military means to him.

“Everyone I know is joining the military because of 9/11. That’s my motive” Canlas said.

For other cadets, however, the run was more personal.

“There was a girl, she’s gone now, but she lost her uncle that day”, Canlas admitted, speaking of the reasons why UAA’s cadets chose to participate in the run. Held by UAA’s Arnold Air Society, this marks the third year the Army and Air Force ROTC programs have united to honor the fallen and impacted of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

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The memorilization was followed by a ceremony held at Heritage Park on the Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Base. Army Major Adam Carson spoke to the Cadets during the ceremony and challenged them to keep the attacks in their mind throughout their military career.

“Remember 9/11 as you go forward in your career and may it help you to remember why we serve,” Carson said.

Arnold Air Society is a professional, honorary service organization advocating the support of aerospace power.

For more information regarding Arnold Air Society and AFROTC contact 1st Lt Darold Froemming at 786-7266.