The 10th annual Springfield Area Memorial Stair Climb will take place Sept. 17 at Missouri State University Plaster Stadium in Springfield, and participants across southern Missouri are encouraged to join in person and virtually to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
Registration for the event opens July 1. Visit springfieldmemorialstairclimb.org to sign up. Members of the West Plains Fire Department typically send a team of firefighters to participate each year.
The Memorial Stair Climb is a commemorative climb to honor the 343 members of the Fire Department of New York who died Sept. 11, 2001.
This year’s event starts at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at Missouri State University’s Plaster Stadium on East Grand Street in Springfield.
More than 343 participants are expected to climb the stairs of Plaster Stadium multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the Twin Towers of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York City.
As part of registration, participants are asked to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). According to NFFF officials, “These 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs help the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors,” including assistance to surviving families and coworkers of those firefighters who perished when the Twin Towers fell.
Last year, registered climbers raised over $40,000 for the NFFF, according to organizers of the event. They add that all registration fees and fundraising will be directed to the NFFF to fund the programs provided by the organization to support the families of local fallen firefighters and the Fire Department of New York Counseling Services Unit.
“We invite you to join us,” encourages Springfield Area Memorial Stair Climb Marketing Coordinator Julie Mercer. “I promise you it is a very moving experience.”
For more information and to register, visit the website springfieldmemorialstairclimb.org, and follow @SpringfieldMemorialStairClimb on Facebook.
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