THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Sunday marked 15 years since the terrorist attack on our country on 9/11.
First responders and the Thomasville community came together to remember those who lost their life on that tragic day.
They chose to climb stairs, just like so many first responders did that Tuesday morning.
This is the third year that Thomasville hosted the stair climb. Each participant climbs or walk the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.
During the climb real recordings from that day were played.
Steps in remembrance, hundreds gathered as early as 5:30 Monday morning to participate in the first round of the 9/11 stair climb.
Firefighters, law enforcement, military, and people in the community joined together to remember the more than 3,000 lives that were lost 15 years ago.
"It's the saying "Never forget" and that's what we want to show to the families that we still remember, we still pray for them and we will never forget," said Fire Marshall, Tim Connell.
Each person who participated picked up a blue lanyard before the climb. On that lanyard was a picture of someone who died while trying to save the lives of others on that day.
"The physical aspect of today, pales in comparison to what those firefighters and those first responders went to on that tragic day," said YMCA CEO, Tom Everett.
Marlow Hawkins participated in the climb today.
She was a flight attendant for united airlines in 2001 and knew several people who were crew members on flight 93
"Its difficult to know that you're flying partners could be on that plane and I did know and I did fly with several of the people on the flight," said Hawkins.
Hawkin's Husband worked as an ER physician for the disaster team in Atlanta. He was sent to ground zero to help out.
"I still even after all these years still have a difficult time with 9-11, it changed the airlines, and it changed so many peoples lives," said Hawkins.
After Monday mornings climb a group of firefighters and law enforcement ran into town carrying the American, a tribute to remember those who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, so that others could live.