Posted on September 20, 2021
Twenty years ago, Americans watched in horror as terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sep. 11, 2001.
Today, people find ways to continue to remember and honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
In observance of this day, Workout Anytime, a 24/7 gym in Sumner County, held 9/11 memorial stair climb events on the 20th anniversary of our nation’s greatest tragedy.
“We encourage (our members) to climb 110 floors and that’s in honor of the world trade centers and what took place on 9/11,” Gym Manager Keith Duggin said.
“And we also open it up to the community,” he added, noting the Hendersonville Fire Department’s participation in the event the last couple of years.
“They came in in full gear and they climbed. It was really neat to see,” he said. “It’s a way for them to remember what took place.”
Community members and Hendersonville firefighters climbed 110 flights of stairs at both Hendersonville and Gallatin gym locations.
More than 300 New York City Fire Department first responders died that day trying to climb 110 flights of stairs to rescue people in the twin towers.
“It can be sometimes emotional to see a firefighter come in and climb in full gear,” he said. “And for us, as a gym, it really impacts us in just seeing how important people that people are to our community.”
The Gallatin location opened in 2017 and held its first 9/11 memorial stair climb event the following year. The Hendersonville location opened last year, making this the second stair climb at that gym.