DALLAS, TX -- September 11, 2001 -- it's a day we will never forget.
The mere mention of the date elicits painful memories, images we cannot erase and the remembrance of those who lost their lives in a tragedy that united our country in mourning.
On Saturday, just days from the 14th anniversary of that ill-fated day, firefighters from across North Texas suited-up to honor our fallen heroes at the 5th annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb.
"Today we honor the 343-firefighters, 70-law enforcement officers and 90-EMS workers that were killed on 9/11 at ground zero," event director John Barrett explained.
The 110-stair climb up the Renaissance Tower in Dallas symbolizes the same physical endurance first responders experienced to save victims who were trapped in the World Trade Center Towers.
Each of the participants climbed for a fallen brother. In a somber ceremonial salute, each participant placed the name of his fallen brother on a board, and rang a bell.
"It's one of the most physically and emotionally demanding events these guys will ever participate in," Barrett said.
"110-stories, 50-60 pounds of gear; it's a test of your physical and mental endurance. It's so symbolic, it's hard not to forget."