Keynote Speaker at Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to be FDNY Firefighter Chris Howard
Serving one's community is a family tradition. Like his father before him, he too became a first respondent.
By: Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
Chris has chosen to follow in the service footsteps of his father. Chris' father was a Port Authority Police Officer assigned to Port Authority ESU Truck 8. On 9/11 2001, his father was among the first responders who lost his life at the Trade Center Towers. Chris was a young teenage boy when his father was taken from him. He remembers seeing President George Bush addressing congress on September 20th 2001. During the address, President Bush held up a badge of a first responder who perished on that fateful day. That badge belonged to Christopher's' father, George Howard. It was rumored that President Bush carried that same badge daily during his administration. Christopher felt very proud that our nation's leader would bestow such an honor upon his father's memory and to his family.
Chris Howard is one of a few Guests of Honor that will be attending this years memorial. Among the many participating climbers, the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb steering committee will ask family members of the fallen or persons who have been an integral part of the first respondent community to attend the memorial services. Among these individuals in attendance this year is Laura Yanes. She has had the privilege to capture a generation of firefighters on film. She has immortalized these first respondents from 9/11, the wildfires of California, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Oklahoma City, Texas Tornados and many more. Her works are now forever preserved in the National Firefighter Archive for viewing by family members and future historians all around this great nation of ours. You can visit The Archive by visiting www.firefighterarchive.zenfolio.com
The public is welcome to observe the memorial climb on Saturday, September 8th at Renaissance Tower in the beautiful downtown district of Dallas Texas. The public and family members may watch the climbers on big screens as they ascend 110 stories in full gear. These screens along with vendors and childrens activities will be located in the open lots of Star Parking adjacent to the Renaissance Tower.
More information on the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb can be found on our website: https://www.dallasstairclimb.com