Ridgeland firefighters and metro area first responders walk by flag-waving Ann Smith Elementary School students during Run to Remember 2013, a free community run hosted by the Ridgeland Fire Department in memory of 9/11. This year, the Ridgeland Fire Department has teamed up with the Travis Manion Foundation to host the 9/11 Heroes Run which will benefit first responders, military, veterans and their families. A free 9/11 ceremony will be held prior to the race in Ridgeland.
Ridgeland firefighters and metro area first responders walk by flag-waving Ann Smith Elementary School students during Run to Remember 2013, a free community run hosted by the Ridgeland Fire Department in memory of 9/11. This year, the Ridgeland Fire Department has teamed up with the Travis Manion Foundation to host the 9/11 Heroes Run which will benefit first responders, military, veterans and their families. A free 9/11 ceremony will be held prior to the race in Ridgeland.
The Ridgeland Fire Department will be hosting a 9/11 Ceremony and a 9/11 Heroes Run at Old Trace Park on next week to honor and remember those who lost their lives on and since that day in our history. The run will benefit the Travis Manion Foundation which empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.  

Next Saturday's ceremony will start at 8:15 a.m. at Old Trace Park. The patriotic ceremony will include the presentation of the colors, the National Anthem, a guest speaker, bagpipes, a fly over, and a time to reflect on our fallen since 9/11. The run will begin at 8:46 a.m. and this year the Travis Manion Foundation will be partnering with Go Ruck. People will be able to run/walk with a ruck if they choose to and obtain the highly sought after Go Ruck patch.  

The Ridgeland Fire Department has partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation for the 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race and 1M fun run/walk. The race will unite the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our military and first responders that serve our country and our communities. The Ridgeland race was organized by Ridgeland Fire Department Captain Todd Yelverton. He has been organizing annual 9/11 events for these last 17 years.  

“I was looking at 2017-2018 line of duty deaths for fire and police for the US. Each one listed a cause of death and I was blown away to see how many had “complications of 9/11” beside their names,” Said Yelverton, when asked why he organizes this event in Ridgeland every year. “It made me realize that people are still dying from the effects of 9/11. The worst terrorist attack on US soil is still killing people. We should never forget the sacrifices that have been made from our first responders and our military.”  

The 9/11 Heroes Run series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why

he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day.  

“Knowing that so many people gave their lives during the 9/11 attacks touched my brother Travis in a way that would forever change him,” said Ryan Manion Borek, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “Six years after 9/11, my brother also gave his life for his country, so every year we gather communities together to run a 5K, not just to honor the fallen, but to continue the legacies of character, leadership, and service that they left behind. We are looking forward to this exciting race season and uniting people around the world to continue those legacies and redefine America’s national character.”   

The 9/11 ceremony is open to the public and is free of charge. To register for the Heroes Run, visit https://www.travismanion.org/community-engagement/911-heroes-run/2018-ridgeland-ms/. Active duty military and first responders will receive 10 percent discount.