Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In the early-morning hours of Monday, Sept.11, UNC Charlotte Air Force ROTC cadets took up their posts at UNC Charlotte’s 9/11 Memorial.

Starting at midnight, the students took turns during a 24-hour period to stand as silent sentinels in memory of those who had lost their lives in the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, commonly called 9/11. Nearly 3,000 people died 16 years ago on Sept. 11, when planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

“The cadets chose a particularly meaningful way to remember the lives lost in the tragic 9/11 attacks,” said Lt. Col. Richard Sanders, commander of AFROTC Detachment 592 and chair of the Aerospace Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. “I admire their tenacity and dedication to make a small sacrifice in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice that day.”

Read more about the vigil on Exchange Online, maintained by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.