UK ROTC remembers: Reading of victims’ names part of tribute

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9/11 Memorial on the lawn of the Main Bldg on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mark Cornelison | UKphoto
LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Public Affairs) On this 19th anniversary of 9/11, the University of Kentucky Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs are remembering those who died in the tragic terrorist attacks that rocked the nation.

The vigil will take place from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today.

Lt. Col. Kyle Yates, professor of military science at UK, says UK ROTC cadets will continue the tradition of dressing in uniform and placing small flags in memory of each of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 on the front lawn of UK’s Main Building facing South Limestone.

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From a podium, cadets will also read the name of each victim throughout the day. Yates will provide brief opening remarks at 8:42 a.m. and cadets will begin reading the names at 8:46 a.m., when the first attack occurred.

A large flag has also been erected, and a cadet will continually march in front of the flag carrying a replica rifle until all names have been read.

Students and community members are welcome to observe and take photos, organizers just ask they do not disturb the cadets reading the names or performing guard duty.