Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund is sponsoring several events to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the United States that claimed Ms. Titus’ life and the lives of nearly 3,000 others.
A native of St. Paris, Ms. Titus was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. She was a 1991 Graham High School graduate and has family in Logan County.
The third annual Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run/Walk 5K and 1 Mile, is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Urbana University Student Center parking lot.
The 5K Run/Walk winds through the Monument Square, Freedom Grove and back to the university. This year’s event will honor first responders with a special commemorative cross made from a steel beam from the World Trade Center. The cross will rotate each year to the first responder team with the most participants.
Proceeds from the run/walk will go toward endowing an Urbana University scholarship in Alicia’s honor.
The awards for the first place finishers are made from disarmed and recycled nuclear weapons systems. The post-run activities will include live music, children’s activities, refreshments, door prizes and raffle items donated by local merchants and businesses.
For the second event, the World House Choir performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the UU Student Center, under the direction of Dr. Catherine Roma. They will perform a selection of songs to honor peacemakers around the world and to commemorate those who died Sept. 11.
Dr. Dana Patterson, founder of the Coretta Scott King Center, also will share about Mrs. King’s legacy of peace. John and Bev Titus, parents of Alicia, will give a brief opening. Mr. Titus is a native of Logan County.