Tyler Johnson, [email protected]
ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (August 13, 2021) – September 11, 2021, will mark the 20th anniversary of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States.
To remember and honor the victims and first responders who died on that day, the Rock Springs Fire Department is inviting the public to join them for the first 9-11 Memorial Walk.
The 9-11 Memorial Walk is taking place on Grant Street in Rock Springs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be followed by a memorial ceremony from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Western Wyoming’s main entrance and parking lot. A flag ceremony with a short presentation will take place at 11 a.m. at the main entrance followed by an open house and emergency responders display lot in the north parking lot.
The walk is free to participate and is designed to honor the 343 firefighters of the New York City Fire Department who gave up their lives to save others.
The memorial walk will consist of four lengths of Grant Street, starting and ending at the top of the street. It is to simulate the 110 stories of the Twin Towers. There will be weight vests, hose bundles and other tools for people to carry if they would like to mimic the weight that firefighters had to carry while ascending the Twin Towers.
RSFD Chief Jim Wamsley said that every generation has a watershed moment that makes people take a step back and focus on what’s important. For his parents, he said it was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. For his grandparents, he said it was the Attack on Pearl Harbor.
“September 11th is that day for this generation and the next generation,” he said. “It’s a day Americans stood together and stood together as one. Individually, we’re just individuals. But together, we’re a force to be reckoned with. That’s what makes us the UNITED States of America.”
Wamsley said when he thinks of the attacks on September 11, 2001, he thinks of the people who put others and the nation before themselves.
“It’s about resiliency,” he said.
He said the 9-11 Memorial Walk will begin to demonstrate to the younger generation of what exactly the first responders went through on that day. “It keeps that at the forefront of our thoughts.”
“More than 40 memorial stair climbs, or walks occur every year across the country, and we wanted an event here in Rock Springs, so we could do our part to memorialize our fallen brothers,” stated Sweetwater County Fire District No. 1 Chief Scott Kitchner. “It is a humbling experience and intense reminder of the sacrifice, dedication and commitment required of those ho serve and protect our communities.”
People are also welcome to go above and beyond to replicate the 343 flights of stairs by walking 12 lengths of Grant Street. Make sure to arrive early so there is plenty of time to complete the lengths by 11 a.m.
The first 100 people to register will receive a commemorative challenge coin.
To register online, click here. Participants will still need to fill out a release form prior to the walk.
Parking will be in the south parking lot at Western Wyoming Community College.