The sixth annual Run for the Fallen will take place Wednesday, Sept. 11 starting at 8 a.m. on Area B. There will be a 5K run and a 2K walk. It is free and open to Wright-Patterson military and civilian personnel, as well as their families. (Metro News Service photo)

Run for the Fallen at Wright-Patt to commemorate 9/11 victims

Eighteen years ago, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Americans were assigned a mission: “Never forget.” The Wright-Patterson Air Base Wing community will respond to that call with the sixth annual Run for the Fallen.

The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 11 starting at 8 a.m. on Area B. There will be a 5K run and a 2K walk. It is free and open to Wright-Patterson military and civilian personnel, as well as their families.

This year, the Run for the Fallen has been approved as an 88th Air Base Wing alternate-duty location.

The Run for the Fallen will be sponsored by the Company Grade Officers’ Council, which is teaming with Wright-Patt Fitness and Sports.

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Before gathering at the starting line, participants will join together for a ceremony to honor those who lost their lives due to the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard will perform a flag posting, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arbona, 88th Air Base Wing command chief, will open the ceremony. After the national anthem, the run and walk will commence.

The CGOC has planned a new route this year to establish more exact running distances and easier parking. The run will start at the corner of C St. and Loop Rd. Parking will be available in the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center lot, at the corner of the C St. and Loop Rd. intersection. A map of the course and parking is available on the registration website.

Patriotic or unit morale attire is encouraged. Water and fruit will be provided.

Runners can register online at runsignup.com/Race/OH/Dayton/RunfortheFallenWPAFB. The CGOC asks runners to fill out their waivers online before arriving at the event.

For those interested in volunteering for the event, contact 1st Lt. Malia Stephens at malia.stephens.1@us.af.mil. For more information about the event, contact Stephens or 1st Lt. Brett Peterson at brett.peterson.13@us.af.mil (National Air and Space Intelligence Center point of contact).