STURGEON BAY (NBC 26) – September 11 is a day of reflection and a day to remember all those lives lost in the horrific terrorist attacks that took place on that day 20 years ago.
In honor of September 11, the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department hosted its Memorial Stair Climb at the Maritime Museum.
The morning started with a sunrise ceremony outside the museum where the Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief and the pastor of Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church made some remarks.
“Why are we here? For those who have fallen and for those who continue. We will never forget,” said Matthew Knapp, pastor of the Moravian Church in Sturgeon Bay.
Watch an excerpt from the ceremony:
Once the climb of the stairs started, the participants made ten ascents and ten descents of the tower of the Jim Kress Martime lighthouse.
This tower is a 100-story climb that thousands of first responders in New York City made 20 years ago.
The uniqueness of this climb, which takes place inside a 10-story fire escape stairwell, provides insight into what first responders faced 20 years ago at the World Trade Center.
“We placed radios throughout the tower and at designated times when the plane struck the towers, or the towers will collapse, or the Pentagon has been hit, or Flight 93 has crashed, we are making this announcement at that time, ”Tim said. Dietman, Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief.
“It’s very surreal because you go up and down an fire escape, just like firefighters and first responders did on September 11. You hear announcements going down the hall about what’s going on at what time, and which plane is hitting which tower when, and there are fully-dressed firefighters walking beside you up and down the tower, and then the sun was rising this morning, it was quite a moving day, ”said Kevin Osgood, executive director of the Door County Maritime Museum.
Here are some pictures of those who took part in the ascent:
Climbers also received a photo of a first responder who lost his life in the attack to take with them as they ascended the memorial.
Once the climbers were done, they rang a bell to signal that they had finished.
A father-son duo was one of the many participants in the climb.
The two men are currently serving their community.
The father is in the US Coast Guard and the son is a local firefighter.
The two walked around the tower while reflecting on one of the darkest days in US history.
“I always have to remember it because it’s a big part of American history. This is something that matters a lot and something that matters especially a lot to first responders and everyone involved as well as families. It’s just important to think about it and understand what it means, ”said Anthony Moore, a Sturgeon Bay firefighter.
“We should never forget those who lost their lives that day who were just going to work and just trying to be a citizen, a great citizen of this country,” said Marc Moore, officer in charge of the US Coast Guard based in Grand Haven, Michigan. .