In what will be 20 years since the horrific events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, the Lake Michigan Credit Union Ballpark will host a memorial stair climb to honor the fallen victims of the terrorist attacks.
The tradition of “climbing” 110 flights of stairs became a national tradition for first responders (firefighters in particular) to complete in order to recognize the 412 emergency responders that were killed in the attacks – 2,996 deaths in total.
Steve VanWagoner, LMCU Director of Marketing and Media Relations, commented on the memorial and labeled it as a great opportunity for civilians to remember those who lost their lives.
“This is an opportunity to commemorate the fallen victims of that horrific day,” VanWagoner said. “LMCU has become the focal venue for the local 9/11 memorial stair climb… Our ballpark stairs are designed in a way that allows children, families, anybody to participate in the stair climb.”
Participants will make four rounds around the ballpark, totaling 110 steps, to represent the amount of flights of stairs first responders had to climb inside the World Trade Center buildings in their attempts to save others.
Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by the 110-step climb at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Participants will be offered a pancake breakfast following the stair climb from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fans can also spectate the Whitecaps vs. Great Lakes Loon game on the same day at 7:05 p.m. The game will be followed by the Family Fare Fireworks display. Those who participate in the stair climb will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for a discounted ticket to the game.
World War II veteran John Pylman will sing the National Anthem before the game commences. On Aug. 5, a video of Pylman singing a personal rendition of the anthem at a prior Whitecaps game was posted on Facebook and has now been viewed nationally over four million times.
All proceeds from the memorial stair climb will be donated to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Those interested in participating or donating to the event can find the information here.