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The 9/11 tribute at Red Rocks Amphitheater; worth remembering

Noble Ridge residents Denise Quartararo (left), Marylou Giampietro (center), and Lin Giampietro (right) at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Article and photo by Lisa Nicklanovich

Noble Ridge residents Marylou Giampietro, Denise Quartararo, and Lin Giampietro participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheater on September 11.

The Red Rocks 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is one of hundreds of stair climb events throughout the country. It is not a timed race event, but rather a way for firefighters and the community to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live.

Each year on September 11, participants gather together at the starting point at 8:46 a.m. (the time the first plane hit the north tower) for a brief speech and a moment of silence. At 9:02 a.m. (the time the south tower was hit by the second plane), “Amazing Grace” is played and the climb begins.

Giampietro, who is 76 said, “I feel blessed to be able to do this climb. I told myself I would just do what I could.” Giampietro completed all nine laps around the amphitheater, which equates to the 110 stories of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.

Roughly 2,000 people attended this year’s climb, including many firefighters who climbed wearing their full gear. More than $50,000 was raised for the National Fallen Firefighters Association. Funds raised from participation in the event will provide counseling and support to those affected by 9/11.

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