On the 16th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 multiple Boise veteran-associated groups, including Red, White and Blue, Higher Heros USA, Team Rubicon and Guilde Education collaborated on a tribute to commemorate the date.
“This is done through Mission 43 which is an initiative to help veterans,” said Coordinator of Veterans Services at Boise State, Lori Sprague. Starting at 8:46 a.m., teams and individuals ran from Lucky Peak, through Boise and onto Caldwell.
Sprague explained this is an event that takes place in the Treasure Valley every year, although there are differences this year.
“We expect about 40-60 people running by themselves, in pairs and in groups,” Sprague said.
The flag will be carried through nine main checkpoints: Lucky Peak, Kristen Armstrong Municipal Park, Broadway Ave., Boise State University, Friendship Bridge, State Capitol and Veterans Memorial Park.
There were also four time slots that carried significant meaning. At 8:46 a.m., the runners began at Lucky Peak–this is equated to the moment Flight 11 hit the North Tower in New York. There was a moment of silence at 9:03 a.m. for when Flight 175 hit the South Tower and at 9:36 a.m. for when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. Finally, at 10:07a.m., the runners were set to arrive at Kristen Armstrong Park for when Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
“We are just trying to bring this on campus to show that we are all united and we will never forget that day,” Sprague said.