Events commemorating 16th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

Flag raised at Buford Fire Tower in downtown Austin to remember 9/11 (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
Flag raised at Buford Fire Tower in downtown Austin to remember 9/11 (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Across the nation, many are recognizing the anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

In Austin, the fire department will hold a memorial service at 7:30 a.m. at the Buford Fire Tower on Lady Bird Lake. Then at 10 a.m. firefighters will take part in their annual memorial stair climb, where they ascend the Pleasant Valley Drill Tower at 517 S. Pleasant Valley drive. They’ll wear their full gear and carry an air pack and a hose bundle as they climb up and down the tower enough times to equal the height of the World Trade Center. Many other fire departments across the country complete similar events, but Austin’s was the first and longest-running event of its kind, according to AFD.

There is also a 9/11 Memorial Climb up Mt. Bonnell in Austin. Hundreds of people are expected to climb to the top 40 times, and there will be a moment of silence at 7:46 a.m. — the time the first tower was hit. Proceeds from the event will go to Wings for Warriors and to help Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

Bee Cave police and Lake Travis Fire Rescue will also climb the equivalent of 110 stories in an event. They will start climbing Hill Country Galleria’s Parking Garage A at 12700 Hill Country Blvd. at 7:45 a.m.

In Pflugerville, staff from H-E-B cooked a meal for Pflugerville firefighters at the Central Fire Station. H-E-B wanted to show their appreciation in memoriam of the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.

President Donald Trump will also pay his respects on this anniversary. At 8:45 a.m. ET they are holding a moment of silence on the south lawn of the White House, before heading to the Pentagon for a 9/11 observance there.

AFD 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Austin firefighters climb the Pleasant Valley Drill Tower in full turnout gear, an air pack, and a hose bundle. Firefighters will make the number of up and down flights which equals roughly the height of the World Trade Center. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
AFD 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Austin firefighters climb the Pleasant Valley Drill Tower in full turnout gear, an air pack, and a hose bundle. Firefighters will make the number of up and down flights which equals roughly the height of the World Trade Center. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
H-E-B employees making food for Pflugerville Fire Department in honor of 9/11. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
H-E-B employees making food for Pflugerville Fire Department in honor of 9/11. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
H-E-B employees making food for Pflugerville Fire Department in honor of 9/11. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
H-E-B employees making food for Pflugerville Fire Department in honor of 9/11. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

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