COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Eighteen years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, a team of runners will continuously run with the American flag from sunrise to sunset.
Cadets with Tennessee Tech University’s ROTC program are participating in a “moving” tribute to those lost in the attacks.
“It is important for us to remember it for this generation and we’re excited to play a part in it,” Tennessee Tech University President Dr. Philip Oldham said. “These are our ROTC cadets and they’re sort of a cut above to begin with. They’re dedicating their life to service.”
Runners began the continuous run with the flag at Tucker Stadium as the sun rose around 6:20 a.m. and will keep running until sunset around 7 p.m.
The flag will travel counterclockwise on West 12th Street, Willow Avenue, West 7th Street, Mahler Avenue and North Dixie Drive.
“It’s hard to believe the events of 9/11 were 18 years ago today and it’s an event that I will definitely never forget,” Lt. Colonel Adam Grim said. “We want to make sure that we have a constant reminder of those lost and their families and this is just our moving tribute to them.”
Everyone is welcome to run and no RSVP is required. Participants can simply join along with the runners at any point of the route and run as long as they like.
“To remember those horrific events and what that means and the people who lost their lives – innocent people, the first responders who lost their life that day that had no idea what they would be facing that day and the resilience and what happened to our nation after that,” Cookville mayor Ricky Shelton said. “That’s why we can’t ever forget and make sure the next generation remembers that as well.”
Putnam County is hosting it’s 17th annual 9/11 Memorial Service at the Putnam County Courthouse starting at 5:45 p.m.