Volunteer firefighters, first responders, and members of the U.S. Coast Guard honored the fallen heroes of 9/11 on Friday morning with a 1.3-mile walk from the Buxton Fire Station to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Traditionally, Hatteras Island’s own local heroes pay tribute to the 2,997 people who died on September 11 with a climb in full gear up the 257 steps to the top of the lighthouse. However, due to ongoing renovations at the structure, this year’s event was slightly altered in order to pay tribute without accessing or entering the lighthouse itself.
The annual Hatteras Island event, which began in 2012, honors the fallen of New York, Washington, D.C., and 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 Police.
Roughly 60 volunteer firefighters from local stations, U.S. Coast Guard personnel, first responders, and family members attended the Friday morning walk. Once they arrived at the site, the participants had a moment of salience to honor the victims of 9/11.