Run to Remember ensures 9-11 is never forgotten - - Jackson, MS

Run to Remember ensures 9-11 is never forgotten

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Across the country Sunday, many ran to remember the tragic events 15 years ago, the September 11th terrorist attacks.

More than 75 people hit the pavement in annual 9/11 Run to Remember.

Firefighters and guard members ran in full gear with police officers and first responders among them.

Runners, walkers, bikers and every day citizens started at Lakeshore Park and made an 11 mile loop around Pelahatchie Bay.

"Fifteen years later, and it's still a unifying experience for everybody," said biker Christopher Smith who was on the course in support of EMS. "It's not just EMS or just police, everybody comes together. Nobody ever forgets".

Along the way, they remember an attack on U.S. soil that claimed nearly 3,000 lives that September morning.

"It's a way that I can honor the fallen even though I'm not a firefighter or have one in my family," said runner Lezlie McCoy. "It is my way to let them know that I appreciate what they do for us".

The Run to Remember honors those in support of local heroes, like the 343 firefighters and more than 400 police officers who lost their lives in the twin towers collapse.

"The heat is what really takes a toll on us wearing this gear, but you know what, at least we get to come home at the end of the day," said Deputy Chief Josh Swales with the Reservoir Fire Department. "Our brothers that died 15 years ago, they made the ultimate sacrifice, so this is the least we can do for them".

The Run is in it's fifth year and started at the Reservoir Fire Department on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

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