9/11 flag travels around the U.S.

A giant American flag flies above the remains of the World Trade Center in New York on Oct. 11, 2001. The Associated Press

The 2018 Georgia 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will take place Saturday morning at the Sovereign building in Buckhead. The event is a way to honor and remember the New York firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live Sept. 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks there.

Each participant pays tribute to a firefighter, police officer or EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of a first responder brother, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 10 EMS are honored and that the world knows that we will never forget.

The Stair Climb benefits the Fire Department of New York and helps fund the programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support the families of the nation’s fallen firefighters.

Registration is limited to 400 climbers, so participants are asked to preregister if possible.

On-site registration starts at 8 a.m. and the climb begins at 8:46 a.m., the exact time the first plane hit the World Trade Center. The climb will end at noon with a barbecue lunch on the 28th floor at the Sovereign Sky Deck Gardens. Parking is free. The Sovereign building is located at 3344 Peachtree Road in Atlanta.

For more information or to preregister, visit http://events.firehero.org/site/TR?fr_id=1969&pg=entry.

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