By Marielle Echavez, Staff Writer—
Last week, UTC Student Veterans Service hosted a 9/11 Remembrance Walk to celebrate the resilience of our nation and to honor the fallen.
From 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, anyone on UTC’s campus had the opportunity to walk around Chamberlain Field with an American flag or a service flag.
Participants had the option to either walk or run as many laps as they pleased.
UTC’s ROTC was at the field organizing the event, and handed out flags for students to walk with.
ROTC informed students about proper flag procedure, which is to hold the flag on your shoulder and not allow it to hit the ground.
After participants walked their laps, UTC Student Veterans Service provided free shirts along with food and water on the opposite side of Chamberlain Field.
According to the Department Head of Military Science, Major Kevin Beavers, they wanted to allow the opportunity to reflect and walk for both victims and first responders of 9/11.
UTC’s ROTC offered U.S. flags and first responder flags for participants to walk with.
“This is a great chance to reflect, respect, and to honor those who continue to fight this global war on terrorism,” Major Beavers said.
Major Beavers is a Chattanooga native who remembers the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 that occurred while he was in his JROTC class at Soddy Daisy High School.
Beavers said that his Colonel at the time knew that, at some point, he was going to serve.
After the second plane hit, Beavers knew that the army he was entering was going to be vastly different than his Colonel’s, he said.
Another participant of the walk was Lynn Newton, a graphic designer in the communication and marketing department at UTC.
“I remember watching every minute of it on the television and just being devastated by it,” Newton said.
Newton was not there to witness it in person, but lived in Syracuse, New York when the tragedy happened and felt a deep connection to the event.
Throughout the eleven hour event in which several students participated, there were many more who chose to stop by for a lap or two to honor those who had fallen and remember the incident that happened 18 years ago.
“This event just helps reflect and highlight where we’ve come as a nation,” Major beavers said. “And to pay respects both to those victims of 9/11 and to our veterans past, present, and future.”