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Team Kirtland 9/11 Memorial Ruck commemorates 20th anniversary

Team Kirtland Airmen participate in a ruck for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Team Kirtland members from across the base participate in the 9/11 Memorial Ruck commemorating the 20th anniversary at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 11, 2021. Many participants wore duty gear, or a 30-pound ruck during the march and completed 20 push-ups at Hardin Field to represent each year since the 9/11 attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Karissa Dick.)

Team Kirtland Airmen perform push-ups for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Team Kirtland members complete remembrance push-ups during a 9/11 Memorial Ruck at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 11, 2021. Participants walked or ran a four mile route and completed 20 push-ups for each year that has passed since the tragic event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ireland Summers)

Team Kirtland Airmen perform push-ups for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Team Kirtland members complete remembrance push-ups during a 9/11 Memorial Ruck at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 11, 2021. Participants walked or ran a four mile route and completed 20 push-ups for each year that has passed since the tragic event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ireland Summers)

Team Kirtland Airmen participate in a ruck for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Team Kirtland members from across the base gather together after participating in the 9/11 Memorial Ruck at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 11, 2021. The four mile ruck march is held annually to memorialize those who lost their lives in the tragic 9/11 attack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Karissa Dick)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Kirtland Air Force Base 377th Security Forces Squadron and first responders hosted the annual 9/11 Memorial Ruck at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sep. 11, 2021, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the historic event.

The four mile memorial ruck march is held annually to memorialize those who lost their lives in the tragic 9/11 attacks.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kara Rogers, 58th Operation Support Squadron Aerial Delivery Flight Airman and ruck participant, shared why the memorial ruck is important to her.

“The United States has not been the same since the 9/11 attacks,” said Rogers. “This memorial ruck is important because we are honoring those who lost their lives and remembering their sacrifice.”

The ruck included an opening ceremony at the Mountain View Club where Col. John Scott, 150th Special Operations Wing vice commander, Col. Michael Curry, 58th Special Operations Wing commander and Col. Jason Vattioni, 377th Air Base Wing commander, provided words of reflection before participants began a four mile route. Many participants wore their duty gear, or a 30-pound ruck during the march and completed 20 push-ups at Hardin Field to represent each year since the 9/11 attacks.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Vattioni, 377th Air Base Wing commander, delivered closing remarks after the ruck.

“It’s been many years since 9/11 and there are people participating in the ruck that were not born when this tragic event happened,” said Vattioni. “The first year, tenth year, and twentieth year are all cause for reflection, cause to commemorate and to never forget.  We strive to move forward and build a better planet.”