ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A somber day in American history was honored in Roseburg on Tuesday.
Troy Willis of Roseburg started the Iron Cross Ceremony three years ago.
The ceremony began at the Roseburg National Cemetery, where members of many different fire and police departments, as well as military members both current and retired gathered to remember 9-11.
During the ceremony, VA Chaplain Service Manager Michael Gillespie delivered a speech on the significance of the day.
After, Troy led a group while carrying a nearly 40-pound iron cross. "The idea is that it kind of bruises your arms when you run with it," said Gillespie. "It causes some pain, and the idea is to be able to commemorate some of the pain that was experienced on 9/11."
Willis and his team ran the cross around the VA grounds three times, for a total distance of 9.11 miles.