Here at COAST Products and across the country, people are feeling mixed emotions about the 11-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. That planes should strike the World Trade Center and the Pentagon seemed unthinkable then, and many people are still struggling to understand what the attacks meant and whether the subsequent war in Afghanistan has been justified. One thing is not up for debate, however: the heroism and sacrifice of the 9/11 emergency responders.
Communities across the country are honoring the firefighters, police and other remarkable individuals who ran toward the smoldering towers when everyone else was running away. Here are two examples of some of the memorial ceremonies that have taken place to honor 9/11 emergency responders:
Climbing in Remembrance. In Panama City, Fla., local citizens joined firefighters in climbing 110 flights of stairs in honor of 9/11 emergency responders. This physical feat was a poignant remembrance of the firefighters, police officers and paramedics who climbed as many as 110 flights of stairs to reach upper levels of the burning twin towers. The climb commenced precisely at 3:43 p.m. last Saturday in honor of the 343 New York City firefighters who perished on 9/11.
Running to Remember. The Tunnel to Towers 5K run in San Antonio last Sunday was held in honor of 9/11 emergency responders. Participating police officers and firefighters ran in their full emergency gear – which can weigh as much as 60 pounds! If you’d like to remember 9/11 this way yourself next year, search for a local Tunnel to Towers race at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
This Sept. 11, COAST Products is thinking of the men and women who so bravely responded to the tragedy of that day. We encourage you to take a few pauses throughout your day to think of those who gave everything, even their lives, to help others during one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history.
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