APA, AKA hosting 9/11 memorial walk

Melissa Hardesty

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which means many campus-wide memorial events and ceremonies will be taking place.

This year, two National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, are joining together to host a “Salute to Troops” march Sunday evening.

The Alphas and AKAs also host an annual Skee Phi week, which helps freshmen acclimate to campus, participate in free social events and join the organizations in various community service projects.

Skee Phi week began Sept. 6 and will end on Sunday with the march across campus.

Louisville senior Sarah Root, AKA president, said because the week happened to fall on Sept. 11 this year, the organizations decided to create an event for the entire campus to pay respect to the troops currently serving overseas and remember the sacrifices the military have made for the country.

Students are meeting at 7p.m. at Van Meter Hall and will walk down to Guthrie Bell Tower, where a candlelight service and prayer will follow.

Phi Mu Alpha, the music fraternity at WKU, and Lauren Cunningham, hall director of Northeast Hall, will be singing as part of the service.

“Salute to Troops” is completely free, and candles will be provided.

Sophomore Josh Miller, Alpha member, thinks the march will go well and hopes rain doesn’t force participants indoors.

Miller’s father, Alvin Miller, who is in the military, is coming to WKU from Fort Campbell to speak at the ceremony.

Root said the ceremony is just to “make sure we remember,” adding that it’s possible WKU students have lost loved ones in war.

“Why not reach out to everyone in the community?”