9/11 Memorial Events In Anne Arundel Include Remembrance Ceremonies, Reflective Runs
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - Monday marks 22 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Anne Arundel County will pay its respects with several memorial events.
Naval Academy Events
U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will place 2,977 small American flags along Stribling Walk, one for each victim who died. Fourteen of those flags will be larger to honor the Naval Academy alumni who died. Active and retired Anne Arundel County police officers who were deployed in New York or at the Pentagon around the attacks will also join the event. The flags will be placed Friday from 12:45 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., and they will remain there until Tuesday.
The Brigade of Midshipmen will follow with a flag run on Monday, dubbed the "Run to Remember." Midshipmen will continuously run the U.S. flag from Glenn Warner Field/Luce Hall to T-Court. The run will start at 8:46 a.m., the time of the first plane crashing into the Twin Towers, and end around 5:20 p.m., the time when the final tower fell. Groups of four to six midshipmen will split the run into timed increments.
After the run, the Naval Academy will host a moment of silence and an evening of reflection on T-Court. The Naval Academy commandant, deputy commandant and command chaplain will host a tribute event. The commandant will deliver remarks.
If there is severe weather, Monday's run and ceremony will move indoors to a designated field house.
Alan Friedman of the Naval Academy's Political Science Department helped plan the events. Friedman was part of the team that went to New York City in 2010 to collect the two steel beams used at Anne Arundel County's 9/11 memorial.
"Those beams were housed in a warehouse at Kennedy Airport that contained artifacts from Ground Zero, including crushed police cars and fire trucks and many of the personal messages left at Ground Zero for missing and lost loved ones," Friedman said in a press release. "It was a scene that I will remember forever as I walked among damage – it brought home, in truly appalling reality, the lives lost in that catastrophe."
Police, Fire Ceremony
Another ceremony will be held Monday in Millerville. This gathering will be at the county's 9/11 memorial outside the Anne Arundel County Police Department's headquarters, located at 8495 Veterans Highway.
The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department and other local officials are also annual participants. Leaders have laid a wreath and delivered remarks at the memorial in years past.
A 9/11 Heroes Run from a veterans nonprofit is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. The race is centered around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The run and walk will have 5K and 1 mile options. Interested participants can sign up and learn more here.
The event is hosted by the Travis Manion Foundation, which empowers veterans and their families. The organization is named after a first lieutenant in the Marines. Manion died in Iraq in 2007 while protecting his battalion from an ambush. More information on the foundation and Manion is posted here.
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