NMSU university cadet troops remember 9/11

September 11, 2008 by Daniella De Luca NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University Army ROTC cadet Kurtis Palata writes names of 9/11 victims on the International Mall sidewalks with chalk on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 10. He and other cadets wrote more than 3,000 names to honor those lost during the tragedy. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips)

New Mexico State University Army ROTC cadet Kurtis Palata writes names of 9/11 victims on the International Mall sidewalks with chalk on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 10. He and other cadets wrote more than 3,000 names to honor those lost during the tragedy. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips)

Despite the rain on the morning of Sept. 11, members of the Army and Air Force ROTC programs at New Mexico State University found ways to pay tribute to the lives lost seven years ago during the 9/11 tragedy.

Cadets participated in a 1.8-mile memorial run through campus starting at 6 a.m., which concluded with a flag raising ceremony. Throughout the early morning, cadets fired a canon four times – once for each airplane that went down.

The cadets also paid tribute to more than 3,000 lives lost by writing the names of those who died with chalk on the campus walkways on the International Mall on Wednesday evening.

New Mexico State University Army ROTC cadets fired a canon four times on the morning of Sept. 11 in remembrance of each plane that crashed during the attacks on the nation in 2001. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips.)

New Mexico State University Army ROTC cadets fired a canon four times on the morning of Sept. 11 in remembrance of each plane that crashed during the attacks on the nation in 2001. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips.)

“The rain today was symbolic of the tears that our mournful nation sheds,” said Lt. Col. Steve Groll, commander of the Air Force ROTC, on Thursday. “It served as the perfect backdrop for our run.”


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