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9/11 memorial events in the Triad

Greensboro's annual stair climb event is happening at the Bellemeade Parking Deck downtown on Saturday. Several other events will commemorate the 20th anniversary.
Credit: The City of Greensboro
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Editor's note: In the attached video, Greensboro firefighters share memories of going to New York City after the 9/11 attacks to help the city recover. 

September 11, 2001, is a day we will never forget. Nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost in terror attacks against our nation. To commemorate the day and honor those who died, several events are taking place across the Triad. 

Greensboro's Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb 

To remember 9/11, the City of Greensboro will host its annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. The event honors the first responders who died at the World Trade Center, trying to save lives. 

The stair climb will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 11 at the Bellemeade Parking Deck, located at 220 N. Greene Street. 

Participants have the option to climb the flights of stairs at the Bellemeade Deck nine times, representing 73 flights of stairs - the equivalent of the highest floor New York Fire Department firefighters reached on 9/11 before the towers fell. 

Last year, the stair climb wasn't able to happen due to the pandemic. 

Registration begins at 7:30 am on September 11. Specially designed event tee shirts will be available at the event for purchase. 

UNCG 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, join us as we remember those lost 20 years ago while walking or climbing 110 flights of stairs, the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Towers. 

The event is at the UNCG Soccer Stadium located at 1408 Walker Avenue. Parking will be at the intersection of Josephine Boyd and Walker Avenue, next to the baseball stadium. 

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the first climber beginning at 8:46 a.m. - the time the first plane struck the North Tower. 

Click here to register.

Winston-Salem's 20th-Anniversary Commemorative Stair Climb

A commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be held Saturday, September 11, at Ronald W. Reagan High School in conjunction with the city’s 9/11 Public Safety Challenge for local Junior ROTC Units. The school is at 3750 Transou Road, Pfafftown.

The commemoration will begin at 9:11 a.m. and will be held in the school gymnasium. 

The commemoration will be followed by a resumption of the annual 9/11 Public Safety Challenge, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

JROTC cadets from high schools in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will compete in marksmanship, close-order drill and a “raider” (obstacle) course that combines elements of the police physical abilities test and the fire physical ability test. The winning unit will take home the Public Safety Challenge Cup, a perpetual trophy that is passed to the winner from one year to the next.

Both events are free and open to the public. Masks will be required inside the school.

Kernersville's 20th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Service

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department and Kernersville Police Department will conduct a 9/11 Remembrance Service. The event will be located at the First Responders Memorial in the Fourth of July Park. The memorial is located adjacent to the park’s parking lot off of West Bodenhamer Street.

Recently, D.H. Griffin Companies donated a section of a steel beam from the South Tower of the World Trade Center to the Town of Kernersville for display at the First Responders Memorial. The beam will be dedicated at 9:59 a.m., the time the South Tower collapsed on 9/11.

The public is invited to attend. We encourage all groups in attendance to practice social distancing to make this event as safe as possible for everyone.

Reidsville Holds 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony

The City of Reidsville is placing a 9-11 Memorial at Fire Station 1 on Scales Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 11. 

This memorial will be dedicated to the lives lost on that dreadful day as well as honor Rockingham County First Responders. The memorial will consist of a beam from the Twin Towers and cutouts sculpted by Jim Gallucci.  

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