RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Eastern Kentucky University’s campus was gifted a piece of the twin towers, it was guarded by cadets throughout the day on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Every year the EKU Army ROTC program gets together with Student Life to host a 9-11 ceremony and a stair climb.
“We’re here today to honor the police officers, firefighters, paramedics, civilians that lost their lives on 9-11,” Quintin Wright said.
Those who signed up to participate climbed the 16 flights of stairs inside of Keene Hall, their tallest dorm multiple times, to replicate the exhaustion of that day.
“Not going to lie it was pretty bad but worth it,” Wright said.
Students in ROTC wore rucksacks with 35 pounds and the fire and safety students wore full firefighter gear while climbing the stairs.
One participant we spoke to remembers 9-11 well, “I was in middle school when 9-11 happened and I grew up, joined the military, it really impacted my life a lot. We’re just here to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and continue to pay the ultimate sacrifice with all the sicknesses going on so we’re here for them. It’s not for us, it’s for all the heroes that day.”