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9/11 Morning Run of Mourning

 

This morning during my morning run I noticed the lights in the university stadium were on. At 6:30 AM ROTC cadets and local first responders were running the steps of the stadium in remembrance of those who did run on that fateful day, and did not make it back down.

About four years ago, the University ROTC units organized this silent tribute and invited their fellow students, and local citizens along with the emergency services to join them. I was unaware of this ‘new’ tradition. Army, Air Force, Marine and Navy noncom’s and officers presided over their cadets and midshipmen who were joined by members of the local police and fire departments. Most of the oldest ROTC candidates running today were five years old on 9/11/01.

One firefighter ran in full gear. Try it. 2,076 steps up in fire boots, heavy coat, pants, and helmet. Pretty awesome. 2,996 lost their lives on 9/11. 2,076 were in the World Trade Center. A few years ago, a university varsity basketball player opted to do what he always wanted to do, he graduated and became a fireman. I thought about that choice as I watched the police, ambulance, and firemen run.

Antifa and the victimhood were not present. I did not notice that any faculty (except ROTC faculty) were present. More than a few from the general student body were present. You can tell who they are because they were running in civies. These sleepy, but reverential souls decided running in the quiet inside a big stadium was preferrable to their beds. College students surprise us in amazing ways, especially on Monday mornings!

All you could hear was deep breathing and steps. This sound was good news. An inspiration! Deep respect for those who fell. This was better than any football, lacrosse or soccer game ever played in this stadium. And, there was room for about 40,000 more fans and participants. I will be there next year!

ADDENDUM ADDED LATER: I learned an hour ago the head of the university and a few of her staff were present and ran the stairs. Excellent demonstration of leadership. Here is a photo she Tweeted.

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Inactive

    Thanks for this spark of remembrance. I have been thinking of all the images from that day, the horrifying and the heroic. It was a day that made me realize how much I appreciate and value and love being an American.

    • #1
    • September 11, 2017 at 7:08 am
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  2. Contributor

    Thank you so much, Jim. So much of the news has been obsessing on the hurricane that we were at risk at letting this tragic day go by. I love how some people at the university honored those whose lives were lost.

    • #2
    • September 11, 2017 at 7:36 am
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  3. Coolidge

    James Madison: Antifa and the victimhood were not present.

    Antifa probably considers the runners to be Fa.

    • #3
    • September 11, 2017 at 7:46 am
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  4. Member

    Thank you, James Madison. That was awesome and inspiring.

    • #4
    • September 11, 2017 at 9:42 am
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  5. Member
    James Madison Post author

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):
    Thank you, James Madison. That was awesome and inspiring.

    You da best Boss!

    • #5
    • September 11, 2017 at 9:58 am
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  6. Member
    James Madison Post author

    Seen on the way back from lunch, 2,996 flags in the main University Quad.

    This is not Berkeley.

    • #6
    • September 11, 2017 at 11:20 am
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  7. Member

    James Madison (View Comment):

    Seen on the way back from lunch, 2,996 flags in the main University Quad.

    This is not Berkeley.

    What college is it?

    • #7
    • September 11, 2017 at 11:58 am
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  8. Member

    @jamesmadison, are you at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill? Because I know they did a run up the stairs at Kenan Memorial Stadium, and the quad has 2,996 flags. Both my children attend UNC, so I follow the university’s accounts on Twitter and FB.

    ETA: Here’s the story on UNC’s website.

    • #8
    • September 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    James Madison Post author

    danok1 (View Comment):
    @jamesmadison, are you at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill? Because I know they did a run up the stairs at Kenan Memorial Stadium, and the quad has 2,996 flags. Both my children attend UNC, so I follow the university’s accounts on Twitter and FB.

    ETA: Here’s the story on UNC’s website.

    I am at the University of the Southern Side of Heaven, wink, wink.

    I have heard of the UNC-CH you speak of – and there are a few in our clan who have gone there. Quite a few sheep have been killed on our account, for their skins. Great roundball I am told. Nice campuses of other great schools nearby too!

    Pay your tuition – and enjoy! And Go Navy! Go Heels!

    • #9
    • September 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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