On September 11th, 2001, Al Qaeda forces crippled the World Trade Centers as an attack on our beloved nation. While the towers fell, many brave men and women serving as firefighters, police officers, and medical personnel sacrificed their lives to pull others from the burning buildings. Approximately 412 of these first responders perished that day. As time progresses, it seems that many Americans become less and less cognizant of these sacrifices and take life in modern day America for granted. That is why 2 years ago, the ROTC units on campus gathered at Memorial Stadium to conduct the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is an annual event hosted by the NROTC that aims to bring together ROTC members to honor the first responders who lost their lives during the September 11th attacks. At this event, participants gather at Memorial Stadium to climb 1,980 steps, which reflects the same number of steps first responders took inside the World Trade Centers. For the 20th anniversary of the initial attacks, we open the Stair Climb up to campus students and staff so that they too can participate with us on this reflective and sobering experience. It is important that we do not let such significant events such as this escape from the minds of the future generations of Americans, lest we forget our nation’s history.
We will also be having a fundraiser to go along with the Stair Climb. To donate please use this link. The funds collected will go towards the Travis Manion Foundation which is an organization that takes donated funds to support programs that empower veterans and the families of fallen service members.