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9/11 Patriot Day Remembrance
September 11 @ 8:00 am CDT
From Pittsburg State University
Starting at 8 a.m., PSU ROTC will conduct its annual Patriot Day Remembrance at the northwest corner of Carnie Smith Stadium, along Joplin Street.
The cadets will take turns reading each of the 2,977 names of those killed in the attacks and an additional 65 names of those who died from related injuries and lung disease; for each name, cadets will do a pushup.
They also will fire the ROTC cannon four times: at 8:46 a.m., when Flight 11 hit the first World Trade Center towers, at 9:03 a.m. when Flight 175 hit the second tower, at 9:37 a.m. when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, and at 10:03 a.m. when Flight 93 crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
The cadets are under the direction of Capt. Erick León, assistant professor of Military Science at PSU, who was a senior in high school in the Bronx when the towers were hit. It prompted him to enlist in the U.S. Army.
A PSU football game vs. Nebraska-Kearney is planned for 7 p.m., and during halftime of that game the PSU Pride of the Plains Marching Band will perform patriotic tunes in honor of the anniversary under the direction of Associate Professor Doug Whitten. Whitten served in the U.S. Army in from 1989-92 in the “Berlin Brigade” and was there when the wall came down.