I know there are quite a number of related events this weekend, but I wanted to remind you about two in particular: one is the 2nd annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and the other is the 10th annual Memorial for Fallen Public Safety Members. Please read on for more information on both.
2nd Annual Memorial Stair Climb
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Oracle, 300 Oracle Parkway, Redwood City
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. This 2nd annual special event is 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.redwood-city911stairclimb.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/), and 9/11 memorial T-shirts will be available for $10 with proceeds also going to the Foundation.
10th Annual Countywide Public Safety Memorial
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Cunningham Memorial Chapel/Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont
Local public safety agencies throughout San Mateo County will be taking part in the Tenth Annual San Mateo County Public Safety Memorial Service, and invite the community to join in this special commemoration. The service in honor of fallen public safety professionals will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 10 am in the Cunningham Memorial Chapel at Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. The service will be non-denominational.
This formal tribute is organized annually by Redwood City Fire Department Captain Greg Da Cunha, whose personal interest in the effort stems from the loss of his friend and co-worker, Firefighter Matt Smith, who died in the line of duty in 2001. This memorial tribute is a County-wide way of giving recognition to those public safety professionals who have passed, and honoring those who have selflessly served the public.
Local public safety agencies including police, fire, California Highway Patrol, San Mateo County’s CalFire, American Medical Response, the County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies from San Mateo County will all have representatives present to read the names of their fallen members and retirees who have passed away. Members of the San Mateo County Chaplaincy will be conducting the ceremony.
Ceremonial music will be offered by the Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums of San Francisco. All are invited to join in the commemoration and honoring of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. An informal reception will immediately follow the service.