9/11 Memorial volunteers and staff as well as first responders are participating Sunday as a team for the 12th annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk.
Last year, a 9/11 Memorial team joined the run-walk event, which has a route of about 3.1 miles and commemorates New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11 after responding to the terror attack by running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center site. Siller was among the 343 active firefighters killed that day.
The memorial team, which has nearly 90 members, has helped raised more than $25,000 for the event, which supports first responders and the military. Among the team are war veterans, 9/11 survivors and first responders.
In honor of Siller, the team will encourage a visit to the 9/11 Memorial after the run to pay respects to Siller, whose name is inscribed in bronze surrounding the south reflecting pool.
Volunteers for the memorial have also offered to provide tours for event participants. The memorial’s volunteers are key to daily operations. They have dedicated more than 27,000 hours of service and help to inform visitors from all over the world.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities that are expanding with the 2014 spring opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
By Ed Welter, 9/11 Memorial Volunteer