If you live in the Atlanta area, mark the date of Saturday Sept. 8 on your calendar. You can honor and remember the New York City firefighters, police officers and emergency medical responders who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 so that others could live by participating in the Georgia 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Sovereign Building in the Buckhead section of Atlanta.

Each “climb” participant at the Sovereign Building that day pays tribute by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. “Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of an FDNY hero, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others,” says local spokeswoman Paschale Kowalski.

FirstService Residential, the chief sponsor and Sovereign Building property manager, says that through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 10 EMS are honored and that the world knows that we will never forget. Anyone can form a team to climb– or anyone can make a donation.

There’s onsite registration on Sept. 8 which starts at 8 am with the Sovereign Condominium Association. The climb time starts at 8:46 am— the exact moment that the first terrorist airplane hit the World Trade Center in 2001. The climb ends at noon, after which there will be a barbecue lunch.

Georgia is one of 27 states that participate in this national Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) program and last year it raised over $599,987. The Stair Climb benefits the New York Fire Department and helps fund the programs provided by the NFFF Foundation to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters. Check out the fundraising incentives for stair climb participants! For more information on the Stair Climb: Visit us on Facebook


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