HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Wednesday morning, the Michigan Tech Army and Air Force ROTC clubs came together to do a run through campus in memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
After the memorial run, ROTC members stood guard over the American flag and 9/11 memorial on Michigan Tech's campus. (WLUC Photo)
"As we run around campus, waking people up, being loud with our cadences, we are, in a sense, remembering the events that happened on 9/11. We're celebrating those people that sacrificed their lives and making sure that they are remembered," said Mark Wallach, a Cadet Battalion Commander for the Army ROTC.
The run also acts as a bonding activity for the two clubs who usually do their physical training separately.
"It's not just the Air Force that goes to war, and it's not just the Army that goes to war. Especially here at Michigan Tech being such a small community, we're in the same building, a lot of us take the same classes, and have the same majors. It's a great camaraderie that we have, and we're always working together," said Jared Thiele, a Cadet Wing Commander with the Air Force ROTC.
The ROTC leaders feel that it's important to teach the impact 9/11 had on the country, as younger generations start to pass through their ranks.
"We go over with our cadets the impact that it has had. With a lot of our cadets that have no memories of it, we have them do research. With my class, I have them do force protection, and we do certain events just to do case studies and have them study it," said Captain Paul Loomis, an Assistant Professor with Michigan Tech’s Military Science Program.
"Everything changed in the United States when 9/11 happened. We are the future, so we are part of that change. As the world is constantly changing, we are the future that has to take care of the world," said Wallach.
After the memorial run, ROTC members stood guard over the American flag and 9/11 memorial on Michigan Tech's campus.