No one in attendance believed for one minute what they were doing equated what those responders faced, but it became evident quickly what an extreme mission they were on. Agreed, the adrenaline of an attack and the honor of remembrance are two different things as well, but this event emphasized the extreme dedication and loss of those killed in those attacks on this country.
Kurdish had 80 pre-registered step climbers, each paying $25 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which assists families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. There were far more than 80 people participating Friday night.
Saturday, September 11, 2021 marks 20 years since the coordinated attack on America resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths of Americans on American soil. Since then, countless others have died from residual affects of the attacks. Militarily speaking, thousands of more have died in the Global War on Terror.
So the small remembrances, like this one in Crawford County, are more important than they may seem on the surface. Each step these people took, whether it was fit folks running up and down, or older folk walking at a pace they could handle, meant something. And for the firefighters strapping on their full gear lumbering up and down and sometimes taking breaks, it drew them even closer to the brothers and sisters they lost in 2001.
This was a reminder to those in attendance of who we are together, when we realize we are together in this life as Americans.