On September 11, 2011 -- on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on America -- Reservoir-area firefighters ran the 11 miles around Pelahatchie Bay in memory of those who lost their lives during the attack. Video of that first run is above.
Over the years, that run evolved into a more community centered activity, with a live band, inflatables, a timed half-marathon, and a lot of pomp and circumstance. However, the hoopla proved a distraction to the first responders running for their fallen brothers and sisters.
Last year, the run became again what it once was, a simple, touching, tribute to Americans who died saving the lives of other Americans.
Sunday afternoon, the firefighters will quietly begin at Lakeshore Park, some in gear, and they will run around Pelahatchie Bay. The names of the 2,996 people who died that day will line the 11 mile course, along with 3,000 American flags. Salt of the earth Rankin Countians will cheer them on, We won't forget.