UTICA, NY -- The CNY Memorial Stair Climb will begin with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Utica State Office Building.
A moment of silence will be held at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first airplane struck 1 World Trade Center. Following the moment of silence, the first wave of climbers will enter the building and begin their climb.
More than 400 first responders — including firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel — will climb 55 flights of stairs up and 55 flights of stairs down, in honor of the 110 stories that were in the World Trade Center.
As always, several retired firefighters from FDNY will also be in attendance to share their stories and support the event.
This year, retired FDNY firefighter Tiimothy Duffy came back to attend. Mr. Duffy rode his Harley Davidson into ground zero on 9/11 wearing full turnout gear to rescue those in need. He came back to CNY and dozens of riders met him at the Herkimer Thruway exit to escort him in to Utica.
"When we travel the country and meet fireman and civilians," says Tim, "The real America has not forgotten, real America is still with us and has our back. We could not have done what we did and clean that site up in six months without the help and support of guys like Jeff and Bud from Utica. We didn't do it alone."
There will also be a live stream of the event at cnystairclimb.com.
Following the climb, the annual Brotherhood Bash will be held at Sickenberger Lane on Varick Street, from 2-10 p.m. This event is open to the public for a $5 entry, and Simple Props will provide music from 6-10 p.m.