One man is walking over five hundred miles in honor of his hero brother. The arduous journey is connected to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, which was born out of the 9/11 attacks. Developed by the family of September 11 firefighter, Stephen Gerard Siller. Siller was one of the many fearless first-responders who ran into the chaos towards the twin towers that day. Siller died that day, trying to save as many people as he could while navigating the chaos.
Now, as we are approaching the 20th anniversary of the devastating attacks, Stephen Siller’s brother and the Tunnels to Towers Foundation have decided to do something symbolic to recognize those who sacrificed so much on September 11.
This Sunday, Stephen’s brother Frank began an incredible journey. A journey that was developed to honor his brother. As well as all of the other first responder heroes.
A Symbolic Adventure
Sixty-eight-year-old Frank will walk a total of 537 miles in honor of the heroes. The one-of-a-kind journey will begin at the Pentagon, one of the sights attacked on September 11. Frank will then journey towards the site of the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Frank’s journey will end in New York City, at the site of the World Trade Center memorial. This is about a six-week journey for the dedicated man.
The DC Fire and EMS Twitter Page posted a video honoring the September 11 memorial walk.
“kick off the @Tunnel2Towers memorial walk in Arlington remembering those who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11,” the Tweet read.
#DCsBravest @DCFD_PipesDrums kick off the @Tunnel2Towers memorial walk in Arlington remembering those who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The DMV portion of the walk will arrive at the DC Armory, where @dcfireems will be presented with a piece of WTC steel. NEVER FORGET. pic.twitter.com/Jn11JWeFYR— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 1, 2021
At the start of his journey, Sunday morning, Frank laid a wreath at the Pentagon in remembrance of the September 11 attacks.
Honoring Our September 11 Heroes
Part of Frank’s five-hundred-mile walk will include visiting the firehouses and police stations. Frank hopes to visit with some of the September 11 first responders. The heroes who ran to the scene so many years ago on September 11; as well as their families.
“I’m gonna go visit some very special firehouses, police stations, people who responded 20 years ago,” Frank said in a press conference.
The Tunnels to Towers Foundation has developed multiple programs to benefit our nation’s heroes. However, the foundation’s number-one goal has remained the same over the last two decades. To honor the September 11 heroes.
“Our first mission is to make sure we never forget what happened 20 years ago,” he said during the Sunday press conference. “We must honor the sacrifice.”