AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sept. 11 marks the day 14 years ago when the largest act of terrorism occurred on U.S. soil.
Nearly 3,000 people died on that day in 2001; most of them were in the World Trade Center towers in New York. Of those killed in New York, 343 were firefighters working to rescue people.
Several local police and fire departments will honor this occasion. Firefighters and police officers in Georgetown will participate in a memorial stair climb at Georgetown ISD’s football stadium this morning.
At 7:30 a.m. Austin firefighters held a memorial ceremony at the Buford Tower on Cesar Chavez.
They then climbed stairs, as they did last year, at the training tower along Pleasant Valley.
Each firefighter will carry a dog tag with the name of firefighters who made the “ultimate sacrifice.”
Non-profits Wing for Warriors, and Bigger Faster Stronger Training joined forces to commemorate the lives lost on Sept. 11.
Tons of veterans, first responders, and firefighters show up each year to climb Mt. Bonnell in full fighter gear. They climbed the mountain 44 times; the equivalent of the stairs for both Twin Towers.