On Wednesday, September 11th the City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University will hold a Patriot Day Ceremony to commemorate the 18-year anniversary of 9/11.

Patriot Day Ceremony will begin with a 9/11 Commemorative Run (approx. 2.5 miles) that begins at 7 a.m. The run is open to anyone and will include members of NMSU’s Reserve Officer Training Corp who will carry a ceremonial U.S. flag. The run begins on North Horseshoe Street and heads east, across campus, to Arrowhead Drive and then back to North Horseshoe Street.

The public is invited to attend and is encouraged to arrive early and even bring a lawn chair to sit on the grass field.

The Patriot Day Ceremony Details:

  • Begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Located on the west end of The Horseshoe, in Horseshoe Park, on the campus of New Mexico State University
  • Free parking will be available in lots 3 and 4 near Skeen Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Espina Street
  • Metered and handicap parking will be available along North Horseshoe Street and South Horseshoe Street
  • The ceremony is expected to last 30-40 minutes

Joining the Las Cruces Police Department and the Las Cruces Fire Department will be the NMSU Police Department, the NMSU Fire Department, NMSU’s Department of Military Science, NMSU’s Department of Aerospace Studies and NMSU’s Military and Veterans Programs.

The New Mexico State University’s Army ROTC program and the Bataan Battalion will fire six rounds from a cannon to observe the significant events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. The rounds begin at 8:46 a.m. with the sixth and final round at 10:28 a.m.