The 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will be commemorated today by
Vincennes University students with the second annual Memorial Stair Climb.
Seven different groups and organizations from campus are working together and invite students, first responders, and members of the public to participate in a 110 story climb.
That number pays homage to the 110 flights of stairs of the World Trade Center towers. On 9/11, as civilians made their way down the flights of stairs, firefighters and other first responders climbed up the 110 stories in an attempt to rescue those trapped after planes flew into the the North and South towers.
Event organizer Jackson Rumble, a second-year fire science student at VU and member of the Vincennes Township Fire Dept.
“Growing up I would always see 9/11 on the news and the brave men and women that risked it all to save those in need, said event organizer Jackson Rumble, a second-year fire science student at VU and member of the Vincennes Township Fire Dept. “I feel it is very important that we not only honor them but also never forget their memories.”
The event will take place at the P.E. Complex, 1600 Short St. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the climb is set to start at 6:15.
Registration is free, but organizers will be selling T-shirts for $20 and collecting donations. All proceeds will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, an organization that assists the families of fallen firefighters.
Rumble says he loves this event because “it really brings people of all ages, backgrounds, races and religions together.”
“During our stair-climb, we all climb as one. Americans,” he said.