The History of the NC State 9/11 Memorial Run
The 9/11 Memorial Run began in June 2016 as a dream for NC State alumnus Christopher Caporali. Chris realized that NC State did not have an annual ceremony to remember the events of September 11th, 2001. He decided to build an event that would do just that. Over the next two months, Chris formed a committee composed of volunteers from student organizations, raised funding, and coordinated with Campus Police and Student Involvement to conduct the memorial ceremony and run.
On September 10th, 2016, the dream came alive.
NC State held its 1st annual 9/11 Memorial Run on Stafford Commons with over 250 participants in attendance. Guest speakers included Retired Rear Admiral Benny Suggs, Former Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Stafford, and Wake Tech Police Chief Lt. Charles Corr, a first responder in New York City on September 11th.
Lt. Corr's speech was incredibly impactful, exposing us to a side of 9/11 with which we were not familiar, the aftermath. Please read a full transcript of his words by clicking on "The Aftermath" in the "About" tab.
The event grew considerably in 2017. The 9/11 Memorial Run Planning Committee became a student organization and a non-profit. As our organization continues to grow, we will always keep at the forefront the privilege we have in remembering the events of September 11th 2001 and celebrating our country's resilience in the face of continuing attacks around the world.
As Lt Corr stated in his closing remarks, "For many Americans September 11th never ever ends." Therefore, our efforts to remember their sacrifices and honor their memory should never ever end. We will continue to hold this event annually at NC State University through the support of campus organizations, Raleigh business partners, and first responder agencies. As younger generations come to this campus, our event will serve to educate them on the events of 9/11/01 and the continuing impact it has on our country and this world. It is our duty to pass on the tradition of remembrance and resilience. We invite you all to join us every year for NC State's 9/11 Memorial Run.
“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We're not about what happened on 9/11. We're about what happened on 9/12."
- Jeff Parness, founder of "New York Says Thank You"