District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña participated in the San Antonio Fire Department’s 9/11 Memorial Climb at the Tower of the Americas today. He honored our country’s 9/11 fallen heroes at a special memorial service held at the base of the Tower of the Americas.
“The heroes of our city don't wear capes or masks, they carry badges and oxygen tanks into some of the most dangerous situations imaginable,” said Councilman Saldaña. “It is important that we honor and recognize the sacrifice of these men and women, especially on the anniversary of the courageous acts of 343 firefighters in New York City. This climb symbolizes the respect we hold for all they have done and will do in the future.”
The ceremony included the Fire Department’s Honor Guard presenting the Colors, the San Antonio Police Department’s Choir singing the National Anthem, and remarks by Fire Chief Charles Hood, Police Chief William McManus, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, and Mayor Julián Castro.
After the ceremonial portion of the event, the climb up the Tower of the Americas was led by the Fire Department’s Pipe and Drum Corp playing Amazing Grace, and several firefighters and police officers climbing in full gear followed by members of the general public.
All across the country, departments and cities are finding new ways to show that they “Will Never Forget.” On Sept. 11, 2001, firefighters and first responders entered into the 110-story structures of the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City and climbed. They did so, courageously, to save as many victims of the 9/11 attacks as possible. Along the way, many brave heroes lost their lives.
The 9/11 Memorial Climb was a free City-sanctioned event open to the public. More information is available at sanantonio110.com.