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Chamber hears plans for Sept. 11 memorials

Posted: September 9, 2011 - 12:06am

This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the tragedy that so many will never forget.

Several events are planned in commemoration throughout Juneau and the Chamber of Commerce received briefings on a few of them Thursday.

Capital City Fire and Rescue will join first responders in 47 other municipalities within 25 states in a memorial stair climb to honor the efforts firefighters and police put forth at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

First responders will climb 110 stories — equal to the height of the World Trade Center — at the federal building on Sunday.

They will carry photographs of fallen responders from that day in their honor.

“It’s a first for Juneau. Juneau’s never done this,” said CCFR Division Chief of Career Staff Brian Long. “Nobody here’s done it yet and they’re in for a pretty eye-opening moment.”

Multiple teams will take on the stairs starting at 2:30 p.m.

Before this, the Glacier Valley Rotary Club will host a memorial ceremony at Riverside Rotary Park at 9:40 a.m.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Director and former Rotarian Brent Fischer explained the history of Juneau’s memorial and its design significance.

Everything from the size of the broken pentagon’s walls to it’s missing sections holds significance that he will share with the gatherers on Sunday.

Fischer said the memorial is an interactive part of the community since the attacks affected so many lives here.

This was part of the reason the brick concept was created in 2005. People could add their story or memories of loved ones.

Fischer said there are about 1,200 bricks out there with 400 already engraved.

The Rotary is looking into reopening brick sales to help pay for a wall that would complete the memorial.

“My thoughts on it are it would go from zero elevation to 6 feet,” he said, explaining that this would create a fathom, meaning an embrace for the memorial.

Alaska Broadcast Communications Chief Executive Officer Richard Burns, who will take over as Rotary president next year, said the wall addition would be a huge undertaking, costing $60,000.

He said he hopes people will get behind the idea and support it.

Burns also said the radio stations will be promoting the idea for people to fly flags at their homes or businesses for Sept. 11.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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