9/11 Memorial Event 2020 – paying tribute across the country
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event was a little different this year because of COVID-19 restrictions but many of us still paid tribute to the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives during the September 11 attacks. The day was also a time to remember the 66 New Zealand firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
In Auckland, a memorial service was held before a crew of 10 firefighters climbed the Sky Tower which was livestreamed. You can check it out here(external link) if you missed it.
This annual service is appreciated by our American counterparts. This year, retired FDNY Chief Robert Strong messaged us to say:
"To some 'Never Forget' is a sloan. But to those of us in the fire service, they are words to live by. This is evident in your commitment to keeping the memory of their sacrifice alive... A tip of the helmet to you, the New Zealand Fire Service, and all the people who help make this event a reality."
Around the country, many brigades, stations and crews paid tribute in their own ways. Here’s a few snippets from social media - click the links below:
In Christchurch, a small memorial was held: