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Community Climbs Oracle Stairs to Remember 9/11

The second annual stair climb will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, to honor those who lost their lives on that tragic day.

It’s a day America will never forget no matter what anniversary it is. But in particular, the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 has resonated more deeply with people across the country.

After 10 years, how has are country changed? Isolated instances of still dot the country. The US’s image in foreign countries has inevitably changed, but for better or worse?

Regardless of the politics and debates of what could have, should have been done, the memory of those whose lives were taken will continue to live on. Especially in Redwood City.

The will host the second annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Oracle at 300 Oracle Parkway, Redwood City. It’s a tribute to the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) who lost their lives in a selfless battle, and also a recognition of the family and friends who had to carry on after that day.

“Every person will get a little history of a firefighter,” said organizer and firefighter Mickey Noack. “They’re just like us, with kids going to soccer games and having their own hobbies.”

In its inception year, nearly 250 firefighters throughout the Bay Area participated in the 2010 stair climb. To honor the other public safety members and first responders who lost their lives, even more police officers, sheriff’s deputies and medics will also participate.

Climbers will carry the names of fallen firefighters as they march up the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs, the number of floors in the World Trade Center.

To register, go to www.redwoodcity911memorialclimb.com. Registration on the morning of Sept. 10 is also available on-site at 7:30 a.m. A brief ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed 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/).

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