ROTC to host 9/11 memorial service

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Members of the BYU ROTC program will hold a memorial service to remember those who lost their lives 12 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.

“It is a really solemn experience,” said Cadet Lewis Swanson, an Air Force cadet in charge of the memorial. “A lot of students feel Sept. 11 is a day to be remembered, but they don’t know what to do. Attending the ceremony is a good way to show respects.”

Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ty Carter places a flag on a section of the 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in New York. (Photo courtesy AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ty Carter places a flag on a section of the 9/11 Memorial Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The flag ceremony will start at 7:30 a.m. south of the Abram O. Smoot Administration Building at the flag pole. Shortly after the flag ceremony, the ROTC will host a rose ceremony — a special dedication for Sept. 11 victims.

There will also be a three-volley salute around 9:50 a.m., following the rose ceremony. The rifle salute is usually given at military funerals in which seven riflemen fire three shots.The salute was added to the ceremony last year.

“There are usually seven riflemen, but our squadron doesn’t have enough men trained, so we will have three cadets,” Swanson said.

In addition to the flag ceremony, rose ceremony and three-volley salute, there will be a 24-hour vigil as cadets guard the flag for a full day.

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