GREENSBORO, NC -- Each year we remember the men and women who lost their lives during the September 11th terror attacks. In Greensboro, people climb the stairs of the Bellemeade Parking Deck nine times. That represents the 73 flights of stairs New York Firefighters walked up in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Many Triad firefighters participate in the event. Most of them wear the photo of a fallen firefighter and climb in their turnout gear.

“This event has become an incredible way for us to come together as a community to remember those who lost their lives on September 11,” says Greensboro Fire Chief Bobby Nugent. “What started out as a way for us to remember though has grown into an event that is much more than that. Our 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is now a very popular community event, fundraiser, and let’s be honest, it’s a great workout.”

The memorial stair climb is happening Saturday, September 16th at 9:00 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Donations are welcome and will benefit the Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person program. This program brings the sights and sounds of a fatal vehicle accident to local high school students in a dramatic way in hopes of embedding the consequences of these often senseless events into the minds of teenage drivers.

There will be event shirts for $10 each and wristbands for $2 each.