The annual NOLA Memorial Stair Climb and the Mile of Silence Remembrance Walk that commemorates the anniversary of 9/11 is canceled. Both events were scheduled to be on Oct. 31 this year and have been rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus.
It has been 19 years today since the four terrorist attacks on 9/11, when planes flew into both the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing thousands of passengers and civilians. For those on Flight 93, the passengers fought back, and the plane crashed into an empty field in Pennsylvania before it could hit the White House. The attack ultimately killed 2,977 people, which included 2,753 people in New York, 184 people at the Pentagon, and 40 people on Flight 93.
The NOLA Stair Climb is "not a race, but rather a tribute honoring those that made the ultimate sacrifice with their life, [and] first responders will climb 78 floors fulfilling that promise to 'NEVER FORGET.'" The event not only honors the first responders from 9/11 but also first responders who serve "across the Gulf South who have died in the Line of Duty," according to NewOrleansStairClimb.com. The organization's home page reads "Once again, we will walk a mile in silence and climb because they climbed to honor and remember the fallen." Unfortunately, however, they won't be doing so this year.
The Stair Climb usually begins at the Corner of Poydras Street and Magazine Street, where friends, family members, and supporters of first responders can walk to honor and remember those who perished, specifically 343 firefighters, 60 law enforcement officers, and eight emergency medical technicians.
Most events across the country that were meant to commemorate 9/11 have been canceled because of the coronavirus. New York City's annual 9/11 "Tribute in Light" was canceled, according to the Miami Herald. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum said that the health risks "were far too great" to hold the event as usual. The museum usually shines two beams of light over lower Manhattan.