BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – In honor of all those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to recognize the dedicated efforts of all the first responders who work so tirelessly for their communities, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will hold a silent formation on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
“I think this is really important, especially to inspiring leaders for the civilian sector and future military officers that we are remembering the people who died 18 years ago. We’re also honoring the people who are serving now and honoring people who will serve in the future,” says Meredith Oakes, Regimental Executive Officers of Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets.
The event will begin at 7:20 a.m. on Upper Quad, between Pearson and New Cadet halls. This year will mark seven years that the Corps of Cadets will hold the special memorial.
The Color Guard will raise the flag, and two buglers from the Highty-Tighties, the regimental band, will play Echo Taps. The Gregory Guard, the corps’ precision drill team, will perform a rifle salute.
Local first-responders will be in attendance, along with state troopers and canine units. They will all come together to pay their respects to their brothers and sisters who lost their lives saving others 18 years ago.
Those not in uniform are asked to remove their hats and place their right hand over heart anytime the flag is raised or lowered.
Virginia Tech’s ROTC members also hold a 9/11 tribute to honor the first responders that risked their lives on that tragic day.
“Our Airforce ROTC Department does a 9/11 workout. So they go to Lane Stadium and climb stairs to honor the first responders that climbed 110 flights of stairs that morning,” says Oakes.
Oakes says they’re expecting a big turnout this year from first responders and hopes to incorporate more of the surrounding communities for future 9/11 silent formations.
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