The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University will commemorate the 18-year anniversary of 9/11 with a Patriot Day Ceremony to be held Wednesday morning on campus.
The Patriot Day Ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, on the west end of The Horseshoe, in Horseshoe Park, on the campus of New Mexico State University. The public is invited to attend with free parking available in lots 3 and 4 near Skeen Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Espina Street. Metered and handicap parking is available along North Horseshoe Street and South Horseshoe Street.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. The ceremony is expected to last 30-40 minutes.
Felicia Martinez, Vice President of the Student Veteran Organization at New Mexico State University, and NMSU President Dr. John Floros will be keynote speakers during the event.
Joining the Las Cruces Police Department and the Las Cruces Fire Department will be the NMSU Police Department, the NMSU Fire Department, NMSU’s Department of Military Science, NMSU’s Department of Aerospace Studies and NMSU’s Military and Veterans Programs.
Preceding the Patriot Day Ceremony will be a 9/11 Commemorative Run that begins at 7 a.m. The approximate 2.5 mile Commemorative Run is open to anyone and will include members of NMSU’s Reserve Officer Training Corp who will carry a ceremonial U.S. flag. The run begins on North Horseshoe Street and heads east, across campus, to Arrowhead Drive and then back to North Horseshoe Street.
Residents who live near NMSU, and those who will be on campus the morning of Sept. 11, should be aware that NMSU’s Army ROTC program, the Bataan Battalion, will fire six rounds from a cannon to observe the significant events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. The rounds begin at 8:46 a.m. with the sixth and final round at 10:28 a.m.