|The Annual 9/11 Memorial stair climb will commemorate the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks|
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, hosts the fourth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at historic Lambeau Field on Saturday, September 10, 2016. All funds raised will benefit the National Fallen Fire-fighters Foundation (NFFF) to assist the families of fallen fire-fighters. The 2016 Memorial Stair Climb is co-sponsored by the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. Organisers are hoping that 1,000 participants will come together this year to honour the fire-fighters who perished in the World Trade Centre attacks fifteen years ago.
“We expect the emotions will be perceptible inside Lambeau Field,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of the Fire & Emergency segment and Pierce Manufacturing. “We invite all of northeast Wisconsin to join Pierce, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, and the NFFF in paying tribute to the courage and sacrifice displayed by 343 fire-fighters on a dark day that forever changed our lives.”
Rebuilding fallen fire-fighters lives
Since forming a partnership with the NFFF, Pierce has raised more than $325,000 to assist the NFFF’s mission to help the families of fallen fire-fighters rebuild their lives through support networks, conferences, workshops and scholarships.
Stair climb participants are invited to climb the equivalent of 110 stories – the height of the fallen World Trade Centre towers – on the steps of Lambeau Field. This year the climb will span the entire bowl inside the stadium to accommodate an anticipated increased number of climbers who come to pay tribute to the fire-fighters who gave their lives at the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001.
Each climber will be given a badge with the name and photograph of one of the fallen fire-fighters, to symbolically complete the climb with one of the fallen. “As participants in previous 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs – as well as those who have come out to support them – can attest, they leave Lambeau Field with lasting memories,” added Johnson.
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is not a timed race and participants can climb to any desired level. (Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult/guardian.) The cost is $35 and all funds raised will benefit the NFFF. Pre-registered participants will receive an official event T-shirt. Event times on September 10 include on-site registration beginning at 8:00 a.m., an Opening Ceremony at 9:00 a.m., and the stair climb at 9:30 a.m.