Every year, up to 25,000 people come out to support Tunnel to Towers and participate in the New York Tunnel to Towers Race. They retrace Stephen Siller’s historic footsteps. This year for safety reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, only the Siller family took that historic path from the tunnel to the site where the Twin Towers once stood. It was a power tribute and we were there to capture it. The pandemic may have stopped the New York run this year but it sparked the foundation to raise 5 million dollars to help front line health care workers and others affected by the pandemic. The foundation continued all the good work they always do yearly to help the families fallen first responders overseas and at home. They also carried on building smart homes for catastrophically wounded soldiers.
Tunnel To Towers 2020
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Tunnel To Towers Never Forget Virtual Challenge
August 24, 2020 – October 19, 2020
On September 11th, 2001, firefighter Stephen Siller had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was on his way to play golf with his brothers on that bright clear day when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. When he heard the news, he called his wife Sally to tell her he would be late because he had to help those in need.
He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear, then took his final heroic steps to the World Trade Center. When Stephen drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, it was already closed to traffic. With 60 pounds of gear strapped to his back, he ran through the Tunnel, hoping to meet up with his own company. Stephen laid down his life on 9/11.
Ever since, the Siller Family has honored his legacy with the Tunnel to Towers Run. The event supports children who have lost a parent, firefighters and military who have been seriously injured and sacrificed their quality of life in the line of duty.
Support our first-responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty.
What is the Never Forget Virtual Challenge?
The Tunnel to Towers Never Forget Virtual Challenge asks people to do one thing to honor and remember the sacrifice of 9/11, and share how they will never forget.
When does it start and finish?
Registration opened on August 24 and will end on October 19. Those who have registered can participate at any time during the campaign period.
How can I participate?
Once registered, decide how you will show that you will never forget. Here are some suggestions, but you are encouraged to be creative about your remembrance.
- Do a 5K, the distance Stephen Siller ran in full turnout gear on 9/11. Walk, run or bike
- Light a candle on 9/11 and leave it lit all day in your home
- Do 9-11 push ups or other exercise: Jumping jacks, sit ups, squats or minutes of jumping rope
The next part is important: Share what you did on social media with pictures and videos using the #T2TNeverForget hashtag. Wear the custom bib you’ll receive when you register, and sound off on how you did in your challenge.
Keep it simple and do it once when you can.
Are there other ways to participate in the challenge that don’t require running or walking?
Absolutely. Anyone can participate. The idea is to remember 9/11 in a way that is meaningful to you. Other ways to participate might include chalking your driveway with “Never Forget” or some other heartfelt message. Your challenge can include prayer and/or lighting a candle. You can hang your American flag at half staff, or thank a first responder or military veteran. You are limited only by your imagination – Keep it simple, but make meaningful.
It can include talking to your children about 9/11, or having them draw a picture to help remember it. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has some coloring sheets that that can help: Click here to download
How do I register for the Virtual Challenge?
Registration is free. Alternatively, there are options that include Tunnel to Towers shirts and hats. Note: Registration fees do not count toward any fundraising campaigns.
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Tunnel To Towers Foundation September 11, 2020 Memorial Ceremony
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