Thursday, August 25, 2011

Following the Footsteps

Seventeen days from this very day this nation shall observe the tenth anniversary of the most visceral, most incomprehensible day that I have ever witnessed and that I hope to ever be required to bear witness to. Two weeks later - on the 25th of September - the 10th Annual Tunnel To Towers Run shall take place.

The run retraces the steps run on September 11, 2001 by Stephen Siller of the FDNY who, although he was off from work and on his way to play golf with his brothers, grabbed his gear out of the back of his truck and ran carrying it from Brooklyn, through the Battery Tunnel and through Lower Manhattan to the World Trade Center. Stephen Siller was one of 343 members of the FDNY to die that day. The Tunnel to Towers Run is a labor of love of his family. A way not simply to honor the memory of their fallen brother and all of his fallen brothers but also to raise money to assist others. A way to do good.

It is a tremendous event. Gidg and I ran in it last year for the first time and are doing it again this year. Margaret and Lynne are joining us. If running is not your thing, then you can walk. I assure you that even if you are a runner, unless you start at the very front of the line the pace at which you run will be something akin to leisurely. Here is a picture I took prior to last year's start. It took almost four minutes for Gidg and I to cross the starting line from where we were when the Run began:


If you participate in it, I assure you that the image of the members of the FDNY - in dress uniform - lined up on both sides of the avenue as you exit the Battery Tunnel on the Manhattan side and wearing sandwich board signs with a photo of each of the 343 members of the FDNY who perished on 09/11/01 - will remain with you the rest of your life. As shall the memory of the day. And the memory of what you and everyone assembled there is assembled there to do. To do good.


-AK


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