Redwood City’s Second Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Taking Place at Oracle
As you know, this year is the 10th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and on Saturday, September 10th, 2011, a special memorial and remembrance will take place at Oracle in Redwood City, hosted by the Redwood City Fire Department. It’s the 2nd annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and it’s intended as not only a memorial for the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) who lost their lives on that day, but also as a recognition and remembrance for the family and friends left behind.
Last year, nearly 250 firefighters from throughout the Bay Area participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and even more are expected to attend this year. And, to recognize other public safety members and first responders who lost their lives or friends on 9/11, invited participants this year include police officers, sheriff’s deputies, medics/EMTs, and other responders. During this memorial stair climb, participants will carry the names of fallen FDNY firefighters with them as they enter an Oracle building and climb the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs – the number of floors in the World Trade Center.
More information and participant registration is online at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb web page at www.redwoodcity911memorialclimb.com. Registration on the morning of September 10 is also available on-site, starting at 7:30 am. Then at 8:30 am, there will be a brief ceremony and speakers, followed at 9 am by a moment of reflection accompanied by bagpipes. At 9:05 am, the participants will begin their un-timed climb. Family, friends, and media can follow their progress as they exit the building several times, in order to re-start climbing stairs to accomplish the 110-floor equivalent.
Community members can participate by helping to provide water to the climbers, distribute pre-registration packets, and handle other tasks on that day. Donations on-site can be made to the Redwood City Create-a-Smile Foundation (www.redwoodcity.org/fire/createasmile), with proceeds forwarded to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (http://firehero.org/).
More information and registration are available at www.redwoodcity911memorialclimb.com or by contacting Redwood City firefighter/paramedic Michelle Noack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-205-5521.
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