A service Tuesday at the Roseburg National Cemetery followed by a 9.11-mile run will mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
CrossFit Roseburg and Cowboy CrossFit Kids will hold their fourth annual memorial service at 1 p.m. to honor those who died in the attacks, along with military personnel and those killed in combat.
Following the ceremony, runners will take turns carrying a 40-pound metal cross on three loops of just more than 3 miles each. The loop will take runners through the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus.
“We are running 9.11 miles with this piece of metal (as) a sign that we have not forgotten those that died on that day and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice,” CrossFit co-owner Troy Willis said.
About 30 runners participated last year. Everyone is welcome, Willis said.
The ceremony at the cemetery and run will highlight a light schedule of events to mark the anniversary of 9/11.
The Roseburg Regional Airport will host a tribute to first responders at noon.
The ceremony at the national cemetery will include taps, bagpipes and a ceremonial flag folding.
Willis said the purpose of the run will be to show that the community still remembers those who died in the attacks.
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