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Members of the University of Illinois ROTC program climbed 2,000 steps at Memorial Stadium on Friday to honor the first responders who rushed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

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As part of a 9/11 tribute, members of the University of Illinois ROTC program climb steps at Memorial Stadium on Friday morning. Top of the Morning, A-2.

CHAMPAIGN — Members of ROTC groups at the University of Illinois (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) took to Memorial Stadium at 5 a.m. today to climb 2,000 steps to commemorate how first responders climbed the stairs of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Also today: The Champaign Fire Department is asking the public to observe a moment of silence and reflection at 8:46 a.m., the time Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower.

There will be no public ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions.