Kirtland AFB marches to honor 9/11 victims
September 11, 2019 06:24 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Nearly 100 Airmen and their families gathered on Kirtland Air Force Base to remember the thousands of people killed during the 9/11 terror attacks.
Kirtland Air Force Base Commander Col. David Miller organized the ‘ruck march’ in an effort to never forget what he called ‘our generation’s Pearl Harbor’.
Service members loaded their packs with extra weight and hiked around the base to pay their respects.
"I think we all remember where we were on 9/11,” Miller said. “I remember when the first airline hit the first towers and we thought it was mistake, then the second one hit and we knew something was wrong.”
Wednesday’s march started at 8:46 a.m. EDT, the same time a hijacked American Airlines flight flew into the World Trade Center 18 years ago today.
The 4-mile march took service members about an hour to complete.
"I think the ruck is important to me because people died on 9/11,” said Airman 1st Class Alex Aldrich.
“My dad has been a cop going on 19 years now and he had a big role in me joining the military. So the things that he's dealt with and the things people dealt with on 9/11 going up and down those stairs, I think the least we can do is come out and run a 4-mile ruck,” Aldrich said.
Airmen filled their packs with 25 to 50 pounds of gear.
“It’s important today, during the ruck, to carry something extra on their backs to show that they remember and it resonates with them that we're still carrying quite a load for this country,” Miller said.
Updated: September 11, 2019 06:24 PM
Created: September 11, 2019 05:18 PM
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