MURFREESBORO — The general public is invited to join the MTSU community in the university’s first 9/11 observance starting at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Military Memorial site outside the Tom H. Jackson Building.
Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives at the university, will lead the ceremony. Huber, a Franklin, Tennessee, resident who joined MTSU in January, spent nearly 40 years in the military, retiring as a U.S. Army lieutenant general.
In what Huber and MTSU hope will become an annual event, the university will hold the observance to mark 14 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, series of four coordinated terrorist suicide attacks by the Islamic group al-Qaida on U.S. landmarks.
“I intend to discuss where I was on 9/11, preparing a force to go to Kosovo and then how 9/11 impacted my two years in Afghanistan a decade later,” Huber said.
ROTC cadets from the Department of Military Science program also will be featured.
The event timeline will include:
• 7:30 a.m. — Introduction and reading of a remembrance speech.
• 7:46 — A moment of silence (Tower 1 was hit at 8:46 a.m. EDT Sept. 11, 2001. Flight 11 from Boston’s Logan International Airport crashed into the north tower with 92 passengers on board.)
• 7:47 — Introduction of Huber.
• 7:50 — Huber’s speech.
• 8:30 — Closing remarks and dismissal.
To find the event site, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking2015-16. Visitors attending the event should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at http://www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php.