As our nation approaches the 15th anniversary of September 11th, when 343 American heroes lost their lives in the line of service in New York City, here’s your chance to show others that the phrase “Never Forget” is more than a slogan. Back up those words and join the hundreds of Southwest Missouri Firefighters and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) on Sunday, September 11, 2016 for the Springfield Area 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Silver Dollar City.
Participants will climb Echo Hollow Amphitheatre multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the Twin Towers of New York City. Registration is $35.00 and is open to the public at www.springfieldmemorialstairclimb.org. Everyone will receive a photo ID of one of the fallen heroes of September 11. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. at the entrance to Silver Dollar City and the climb starts at 8:30 a.m. Admission to Silver Dollar City (SDC) for firefighters and season pass holders climbing will be free of charge. All other climbers will need to purchase a ticket to SDC for a special reduced rate of only $30.50. These tickets must be purchased at the gates the day of the climb and will only be available for purchase at Silver Dollar City ticket booths.
“The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is an opportunity for anyone in the community to demonstrate respect and admiration for these courageous men who gave their lives trying to save others. It’s also a way to show their loved ones that we will never forget them,” said Whitney Weaver, Climb Coordinator. “We want to be sure that each of those firefighters is represented by someone climbing the stairs of the Echo Hollow during Silver Dollar City’s Heroes Month.”
“We are honored to host this event for the second year,” said Steven Hyatt with Silver Dollar City. “It’s our opportunity to help support firefighters nationwide as well as those here in the Ozarks.”
The climb’s proceeds will benefit the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters. For more information about the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, go to www.firehero.org.