The public is invited to join local area firefighters and visiting firefighters on their annual climb up the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as a symbol of recognition and respect, in memory of the events of September 11, 2001.
The annual event, which began in 2012, is a tribute to the 2997 people who died that day in New York, Washington, D.C., and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. More than 400 first responders died at the Twin Towers, including 343 firefighters, 23 members of the New York City police force, and 37 from the Port Authority Police.
During this tribute to the fallen heroes of September 11, volunteer firefighters from all across the Hatteras Island community and beyond make a trek to the top of the lighthouse weighted down in full gear, to honor the first responders who made their way up the Twin Towers. National Park Service, EMT, and other first responder personnel also attend the annual event, which attracts a crowd of locals and visitors alike.
The climb will start at 8:46 a.m. on the morning of September 11, the exact time Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
For more information on the previous year’s climbs, visit http://islandfreepress.org/2017Archives/09.11.2017-FallenHeroesof911HonoredwithAnnualLighthouseClimbWITHSLIDESHOW.html.