Across the nation this month, firefighters will honor those fallen during the 9-11 attacks on the United States. September 11 has come to be Patriot Day. Throughout the nation, people will involuntarily stop that day and recall that fateful moment when that plane turned into the Word Trade Center and the horrific events of the day unfolded. One event held in various local communities across the nation is the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.
In Lancaster, the Third Annual Lancaster 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb will be held at Clipper Magazine Stadium, home of the Lancaster Barnstormers. There is no admission charge for the Sunday, 8 September 8. The event begins at 9 a.m. The climb however is open only to firefighters.
“The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs are a tremendous way to honor those heroes by completing the symbolic climb that they could not finish,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). “These climbs are also a way to let the families know the legacies of their loved ones are remembered by so many in the fire service.”
In 2005, five Denver, Colorado firefighters gathered at a high-rise in the city to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their 343 FDNY brothers. Word spread throughout the Denver area fire departments and by 2007, more than 100 firefighters wanted to participate. Interest continued to increase each year and was capped at 343 in 2008. That first walk though in 2005 inspired today’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs, which now occurs in cities across the nation.
Local firefighters will climb steps at Clipper Magazine Stadium multiple times for a total of 110 stories. The 110 steps represent the number of floors in the World Trade Towers. Each climb is hosted and managed by local firefighters or people with an interest in ensuring that the 343 firefighters are not forgotten and to support the families of the fallen. A total of 343 individuals can participate in each event. Registration fees will be directed to the NFFF to assist the surviving families and coworkers of those firefighters killed on 11 September 2001.
At the Stair Climb there will also be a silent auction for a custom framed and matted poster of the 343 New York City firefighters. The poster, Better Angels, was made by Massachusetts artist Dawn Siebel. The poster will be located adjacent to the check-in area for you to make a bid. Her other artwork can be viewed on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DawnSiebelArt.
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