San Antonio, TX, First Responders Prepare to Climb on 9/11’s 20th Anniversary

More than 100 different agencies and around 500 first responders are expected to gather, along with civilians and military personal.

Camille Sauers

San Antonio Express-News

(MCT)

Sep. 9—This Saturday, September 11, marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark attacks that ushered in a global shift.

SA911, a contingent of local fire fighters and first responders, are honoring those who fell two decades ago with their annual commemorative climb, the San Antonio 110, one of the largest 9/11 Memorial climbs in the world.

More than 100 different agencies and around 500 first responders are expected to gather, along with civilians and military personal.

Typically, paying tribute involves an upward march up the stairs of the Tower of the America’s, however this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, the event will take place at open-air venue, NEISD Heroes Stadium.

“To reach their goal of paying tribute to their fallen they will climb the stadium stairs up to four times to reach, and actually exceed, the height of the World Trade Center Towers in which our fallen heroes perished in. Tags for each of the 343 fallen firefighters, with their name and photo on it, will be carried by firefighter participants,” reads a press release statement.

Additionally, lives of fallen law enforcement officers and EMS will be honored when representatives from both groups carry 70 police tags and nine EMS tags respectively.

Event day T-shirts, designed by American Fire Apparel, will be for sale with all proceeds going toward the San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climbs chosen beneficiary, the 100 Club of San Antonio.

After the climb, an open doors after party, “Blood, Sweat and Brews,” will occur at Alamo Beer Company. All are welcome to share camaraderie and a brew in the name of the somber national watershed event. San Antonio 110 commemorative pint glasses will be sold while supplies last.

The after event at Alamo Beer Company will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 202 Lamar Street.

Check in for the climb begins at 6 a.m. for an 8 a.m. ceremony at Heroes Stadium, located at 4799 Thousand Oaks Drive.

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