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Media invited to cover garden ceremony, flag placing and annual memorial stair run,
Sept. 9 and 11
UNC-Chapel Hill remembers those who died and served on 9/11
(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Sept. 8, 2016) – Media representatives are invited to cover upcoming 9/11 events at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill including an ROTC-organized third annual memorial stair run to honor and remember the 2,996 victims and to recognize the heroic efforts of first responders that day.
The memorial run will take place at 6 a.m. at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Friday, Sept. 9. ROTC students and community members, including local firefighters and police officers, will climb 2,076 steps, the same number of steps that were in each of the World Trade Center Towers. Chapel Hill Fire Chief Matt Sullivan and Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue will participate.
Two student organizations also are honoring those who died on 9/11. UNC’s College Republicans and the Young America Foundation will place 2,996 flags, one for each victim, around the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower Sunday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The General Alumni Association will also hold a small ceremony for the six alumni who were killed on 9/11 on Sunday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The event will be held at the Memorial Garden outside the Alumni Center. Chancellor Carol L. Folt will attend the ceremony and will be joined by Doug Dibbert, president of the UNC General Alumni Association.
Memorial Stair Run RSVP: For planning purposes, media planning to cover the stadium run should RSVP no later than Thursday, Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Stair Run Media Check-In: Media must check in at Gate 2 at Kenan Stadium no earlier than 5:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. On-site contact for the event will be Michael McFarland, (919) 265-3932, email@example.com.
Media Parking: Parking for the stair run will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis along Stadium Drive, outside of Gate 2.
About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.
UNC Communications and Public Affairs contact: Thania Benios, (919) 962-8596, firstname.lastname@example.org