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JMU to mark 9/11 with 5K run

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VA Momentum also organizes the Valley 4th Run in Harrisonburg.

James Madison University will host a 5K run to commemorate 9/11. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

This Sunday at 9 a.m., runners will mark the day with a 5K across JMU's campus. Among the lives lost on 9/11 were three alumni of the school and a student's parent.

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Tim Miller is JMU's vice president for student affairs.

TIM MILLER: There were four members of the JMU community that were lost that day.

Tim Miller is the vice president for student affairs.

MILLER: We want to make sure we honor them, but we also want to honor those who served. Our first responders – we have a lot of students here who work for the rescue squad and volunteer at the fire department, but we also have a lot of veterans here on campus, as well as dependents.

The event is a collaboration between JMU's VALOR Program and the organization VA Momentum. The VALOR program supports military-connected students on campus, from navigating G.I. benefits to providing food assistance to building community.

MILLER: A lot of times, our veterans really struggle to integrate into a college campus. It's such a different environment than [what] they've been in.

The run is still open to participants and supporters. For more information, visit vamomentum.com.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.