Memorial Run

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By Jacob Wolf, Chief Distribution Officer 

To commemorate the fallen heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, a Memorial Run was hosted at Embry-Rid- dle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus. Organized by Air Force ROTC Detachment 028’s Arnold Air Society, students ran from 6:00 a.m. to –6:00 p.m. on Sept. 11 while carrying the American and Prisoner Of War (POW) flags. 

“It’s being set up mostly by Air Force, but we have runners from Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and civilians,” said Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Mia Menzel. The students ran around Dobberteen Road (aka the Warrior Loop) in shifts of thirty 

minutes to an hour. When Horizons arrived to speak with the runners, student Ivan George had just finished his share of running. “I did seven to eight a.m. then I just did [a shift] with [the other runners], so about an hour and a half.” 

While most runners were grateful to be out commemorating the fallen heroes with this Memorial Run, Cadet Brian Di Mascio was out for a very personal reason. “I grew up just outside of New York City. I literally stared at the impact of [9/11]. … My town took a very big hit. Small town of 20,000 people. Anyone who lost their lives in the Towers, we knew their names. … It’s the reason 

I do Air Force ROTC in the first place. It’s what 

makes me get up in the morning and come out.” 

Cadet Major Josey Gregory felt that the Memori- al Run was a way to reconnect with history. She said, “I just feel like, in a world where people are more focused on current events, it’s really good to go back and basically memorialize the things that happened in the past, and kind of bring that back and put that in the mind.” For her, this run is a good way to “remind people of what happened in the past, and take that going forward.” 

Di Mascio agreed. The day was “very important to me, so I’m happy they do [the Memorial Run] and that I was able to contribute.” 

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