a deceptively calm Tuesday morning, firefighters and first responders
from all across Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks took a moment away
from their hurricane preparations to honor their fallen brethren with
an annual climb to the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
climb took place at exactly 8:46 a.m. – the time that that American
Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade
Center in New York City – and the firefighters made the trek weighted
down in full gear as a tribute to the first responders who made their
way up the Twin Towers.
annual event, which began in 2012, is orchestrated to honor the 2997
people who died that day in New York, Washington, D.C., and near
Shanksville, Pennsylvania. More than 400 first responders
perished at the Twin Towers, including 343 firefighters, 23 members of
the New York City police force, and 37 members of the Port Authority
there were understandably fewer participants at this year’s climb, due
to the approach of Hurricane Florence, firefighters nevertheless
reached the top of the lighthouse roughly 15 minutes after the climb
began to hang an American flag – an annual gesture to honor the people
who lost their lives 17 years ago.
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