LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2022) — This Sunday marks the 21st anniversary of 9/11, and the University of Kentucky Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs are remembering those who lost their lives in the deadliest terrorist attack in human history.
Cadet Cole Wilson, with UK’s Pershing Rifles chapter, says cadets will continue their annual tradition on Sunday, dressing in uniform and placing small flags in memory of each of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 on the front lawn of UK's Main Building.
The ceremony will begin with remarks at 8:25 a.m. by Cadet Wilson and Lt. Col. Alan Overmyer, UK professor of military science.
From a podium, cadets will then read the name of each victim throughout the day. They will begin reading the names at 8:46 a.m., when the first attack occurred. They will also raise the American flag at this time.
A cadet will continually march in front of the flag carrying a replica rifle until all names have been read.
Students and community members are welcome to observe and take photos, organizers just ask they do not disturb the cadets reading the names or performing guard duty.
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