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9/11 Remembrance Events 2022

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, September 6, 2022 9:31 AM by

As we begin the month of September, the U.S. Naval Academy remembers those who lost their lives, those who stepped up to serve, and the countless sacrifices made in the days, months, and years after the attacks of 9/11. Each year the Midshipman Action Group organizes events on behalf of the Brigade of Midshipmen that honor and remember those who lost their lives. This year marks the 21st remembrance of the tragedy. 

Flags on Stribling 

On Friday, Sept. 9, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., midshipmen will place 2,977 miniature American flags along Stribling Walk in remembrance of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Fourteen of these flags are larger in size to represent the alumni we lost. These flags are congregated in the middle of Stribling surrounding the Mexican-American Monument. These flags will remain along Stribling for the duration of the weekend. 

Flag Run 

On Sunday morning, the Brigade of Midshipmen will participate in the “Run to Remember,” a tribute where an American flag will be run around the yard continuously from the Midshipmen Store parking lot at 8:46 a.m., the time of the first plane crashing into the Twin Towers, until approximately 5:20 p.m. in T-Court. The run will consist of small groups of midshipmen who will run in timed increments. The duration of this event varies from last year’s 20th anniversary run that lasted a full 24 hours. 

Moment of Silence and Remarks in T-Court 

Following the conclusion of the Flag Run, there will be an evening reflection on T-Court. The superintendent, commandant, and command chaplain will host a tribute event at approximately 5:20 pm that will include a guest speaker, New York City Firefighter Lt. John Breen. Lt. Breen served as a first responder in New York City on 9/11 and is the uncle of 2ndLt Liam Rock, Class of 2020. 

Stair Run

Over the weekend, companies within the brigade will complete a stair run in various locations around the yard. Most climbs consist of an upward ascent of 110 flights of stairs representing the 110 flights it took to get to the top of each of the World Trade Center towers. This tribute is traced back to 2005 when a group of Colorado firefighters began the tradition of the 9/11 stair climb to honor the FDNY firefighters killed during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. 

In the event of severe weather, the 9/11 Remembrance Run and the T-Court ceremony will go indoors at a designated Field House.


Category: General Interest, Midshipman