ROTC cadets host 'Run to Remember' to honor September 11 victims

UT's ROTC program held the event to honor those who died on 9/11.

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- More than 100 people woke up early Tuesday morning in Toledo for a "Run to Remember."

The University of Toledo's ROTC program held the event to honor those who died on September 11, including 24-year-old Patrick Taylor.

"I was in kindergarten. I remember getting taken home from school and hearing that our nation was under attack on tv and my parents were really scared."

Taylor said the moment shaped his life forever, even influenced his career path in wanting to join the military.

He was one of dozens of cadets gathered on the campus of University of Toledo for a run to remember. The 5k was meant to honor those who died in the 911 attacks but also show physical and monetary support .

"We remember that we are unified through unfortunately a horrible event," said Taylor.

Organizers also lowered flags to half staff. At 8:46, when the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. there was a moment of silence.

"Hopefully we teach these young and men and women what its actually about,” said Master Sergeant Johnnie Fields, UT senior military instructor and commandant of cadets. “Without those who made the ultimate sacrifice we wouldn’t be here being able to do what we did. "

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