Frank Siller is making a 500-mile trek to New York City to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. He started the Never Forget Walk in Washington DC on August 2. It will end at the place where the Twin Towers once stood on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For Frank Siller, the Never Forget Walk is a very personal undertaking. It isn’t just about remembering those lost on that fateful day. It is also a way to keep the memory of Franks’ brother alive. Stephen Siller was a New York firefighter. He was off-duty on the day the planes hit the Towers. However, that didn’t stop him from suiting up and lending a hand. Unfortunately, Stephen gave his life so that he could save others.
Siller started the Never Forget Walk in Washington DC. He and several others gathered in the pouring rain to place a wreath near the site where American Airlines flight 77 struck the Pentagon.
The Never Forget Walk isn’t a straight walk from DC to NYC. Instead, Frank will make some stops along the way. After leaving DC, Siller will walk to Shanksville, Pennsylvania to visit the Flight 93 Memorial before making his way to the Big Apple, according to Fox 5 New York.
About the memorial journey, Siller told Fox, “Our first mission is to never forget, that’s what this walk is all about.”
After leaving Shanksville, Siller will head to Brooklyn. From there, he will take the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the culmination point of the Never Forget Walk. The walk will last more than 30 days. At its end, Siller will stand at Ground Zero. With each step, he remembers the nearly 3,000 who perished that day. However, there is a special place in his heart for the first responders who selflessly sacrificed their lives on 9/11.
The Foundation Behind the Never Forget Walk
Frank Siller keeps the memory of the 2,977 who perished on 9/11 alive on a daily basis. The Never Forget Walk is just one more step in doing so. When he isn’t making a memorial trek across the country, Siller is the CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
The foundation’s mission is straightforward. According to the website, the foundation, “Honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001,” but Stephen is just the inspiration. Tunnel to Towers also honors “our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.”
They come together to build mortgage-free smart homes for injured first responders and veterans. They offer the same service for families of military personnel and first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.