Springfield’s annual remembrance of the heroes of 9/11 will be heading to the internet this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The move was announced Friday by Adam Neff, the founder and coordinator of the event.
“We’ve been trying to navigate the COVID waters of 2020 with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department,” Neff said in a Facebook live posting. “Because this pandemic is being so fluid and it impacts everybody differently, we did not want to contribute to the spread of COVID, so we made the tough decision to do the virtual event.”
Registration will open on August 1st and end on August 31st. All teams who register by that date will get a registration pack containing the name of the fallen firefighter your team will be honoring, along with a throwback T-shirt and other items.
On September 11th and 12th, you can do a stair climb, or other athletic activity, where you carry that firefighter to remember the events that took place on 9/11, along with those who were lost in connection with 9/11 illnesses and mental health issues.
The key part of the exercise is to have participants move the equivalent of 110 stories, the number of floors within the Twin Towers.
The coordinators will also be doing a live streamed event with information to be released at a later time. Proceeds will benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Updates on the event will be provided through the organizer’s Facebook page.