On Saturday, Sept. 11, SVSU held its annual 9/11 run. The school has been holding this event for eight years and was even held virtually during Covid. This year, the race was moved back to in person.
Due to being outdoors, the event was not effected by Covid policies in place this school year.
Bethany Alford, Director of Military Student Affairs, has been working on this event since starting her position back in 2017.
This year, however, she was able to serve as the race co-director. Alford talked about the meaning of this event.
“The goal of this event is to have runners, walkers, and ruckers come together to honor our nation’s first responders who selflessly sacrificed on Sept. 11, and veterans who served in the wars since,” she said.
This year around 100 students registered for the walk but others were expected to join through same day registration.
Alford also explained why this year is more important than some past years.
“This is a particularly special year to honor these heroes as it is the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,” she said.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Travis Manion Foundation to help provide support to veterans.
According to their website, the Travis Manion Foundation works to help empower communities as well as veterans and their families.
The foundation was created in honor of Travis Manion who lost his life on duty in 2007.
Manion’s death inspires others around the world to be as brave as he was. He was often found saying “if not me, then who.”
He died protecting other injured soldiers and drawing fire away from them.
The Manion Foundation provides online training as well as in person events.
They share the impact other veterans have had and gives them a chance to tell their story.