In their own words: Brian LoRusso

U.S. Military Academy graduate Brian LoRusso grew up on Long Island in New York and was barely a teenager on Sept. 11, 2001.

In their own words: William Walker

The former vice director of athletics at Air Force is also a 1983 graduate of the Academy. He is currently the director of athletics at American University.

In their own words: James Flowers

Flowers was coach of the Army softball team when the events of 9/11 occurred. He retired from the athletics department in 2009 and witnessed his recruits take on a greater sense of purpose and a greater pride wearing the West Point uniform.

In their own words: Randee Farrell

Farrell was the senior captain of the Army women’s soccer team in 2001. She is a former marketing officer for the university and officer representative for the women’s soccer team

In their own words: Andy Berg

The current assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Air Force was a junior at the Academy during 9/11.

In their own words: Ben Bertelson

The former baseball student-athlete and management major at the Air Force Academy was in his fifth grade classroom in Midland, Texas, when the events of 9/11 occurred.

In their own words: John Dowd

The former offensive guard for Navy is a native of Staten Island, N.Y., and was 11 years old on 9/11. On Sept. 11, 2010, Dowd ran onto the field for a game against Georgia Southern carrying an American flag that had previously been flown over special-operations bases in Afghanistan, raised at the World Trade Center site, and was returned to Ground Zero for the 10th anniversary of 9/11

In their own words: Brian Stann

A former Navy linebacker, Stann graduated in 2003 and went on to serve two tours in combat overseas. He received the Silver Star for his leadership in battle in Iraq.

Shorn to save

In an era where hair is “in,” Tom Serratore annually goes without. The statement the Valparaiso goalkeeper makes by going under the clippers each spring isn’t born out of fashion but of passion: Serratore opts to shed his locks to honor children who’ve lost theirs to cancer.


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