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Murfreesboro Remembers 9/11


Selah Blair, MTN Reporter

September 9th, 2020


Murfreesboro remembered the September 11 attacks with virtual broadcasts today. The Virtual Run Challenge is also ongoing to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Fund and Tuesday’s Children.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office’s 18th annual 9/11 Sheriff’s Remembrance

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office held the 18th annual 9/11 Sheriff’s Remembrance Ceremony.

Former U.S. Navy Seal Royce Taylor was the keynote speaker. Taylor graduated from Central High School and the U.S. Naval Academy. He served during the Vietnam War as a lieutenant and earned a Bronze Star with a Combat V. He went on to practice law.

Rolling Thunder members raised the POW Flag and Murfreesboro Fire Department rang the bell in memory of those lost on 9/11. Honor Guard members participated from Smyrna Police Department, Smyrna Fire Department, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services and the Sheriff’s Office.

The broadcast is available to watch on the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

MTSU's Sixth Annual 9/11 Remembrance

Middle Tennessee State University held the sixth Annual 9/11 Remembrance event. Army Col. Doug Kreulen was the guest speaker for the sixth annual MTSU 9/11 Remembrance. Kreulen is a decorated veteran and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO. He was on active duty and working at the Pentagon on the day of the attacks. 

The event included remarks from MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, MTSU’s senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives. The ceremony featured performances from country music artists Rachel Lipsky and Rodney Atkins. MTSU ROTC cadets read the 9/11 timeline.

The remembrance can be viewed on MTSU’s YouTube page.

Virtual Run Challenge

Now until October 3, 2020

The 2020 9/11 Memorial Virtual Run Walk is an event that is completed on a contestant’s own time and at the location of their choice. Participants are asked to run 9.11 miles between today and October 3, 2020. Participants track their own distance and submit evidence via the Virtual Run Challenge website to claim their medal.

The race fees are between $27 and $37. Participants can choose to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Fund or Tuesday’s Children.

More information on the event is available on The Virtual Run Challenge website

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