Local events scheduled for today will honor the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as well as the efforts of first responders on scene in New York City 18 years ago.
At 7:44 a.m. — the exact time of day the first World Trade Center tower was hit — a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will commence at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial in College Station, hosted by the memorial's nonprofit affiliate. The event is open to the public to attend and will feature a moment of silence, remarks from retired Master Sgt. Sam Lewis, the laying of a wreath, a last call 555 and a rendition of Amazing Grace.
At 8 a.m., a welcome and prayer will start a memorial stair climb at Lake Walk Town Center's Tower, hosted by the Bryan Fire Department, with the climb beginning at 8:30 a.m.
A 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb hosted by the College Station Fire Department is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. at the Aspire apartment complex on University Drive in College Station.
In both events, participants will climb the building's stairs repeatedly in an attempt to replicate the climb a first responder would have made in the 110 stories of the World Trade Center towers the day of the attacks, honoring more than 400 firefighter and police officer lives lost that day.