The anniversary of 9/11 is always a time of reflection, remembering and mourning for those we lost on that day. Oftentimes, it is also a time for first responders to honor those who gave their lives trying to save others. This is exactly what Jason Harding had on his mind when he headed into Planet Fitness on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Dressed in full firefighter gear, Harding asked the staff member on duty, Lezlie Bauler, if he could climb 110 sets of stairs in honor of the comrades he had lost on that horrible day. Naturally, Bauler agreed and tearfully took a photo of him as he was completing his mission.
When WBIR caught up with Harding, he said that he wasn’t looking for personal recognition. Instead, he kept his focus on those “fallen heroes and their families.” He also mentioned that for the past four years, he had been participating in the Nashville Memorial Stair Climb. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it this year, but still felt that honoring the fallen was his duty.
For the past seven years, the Nashville Memorial Stair Climb honors the firefighters that we lost on 9/11. Nearly 350 firefighters attend and climb 110 stories in remembrance of the 343 firefighters who died that tragic day.
The firefighters who gave their lives had to climb 110 stories when they were attempting to rescue those in both buildings. Now, this same journey is taken by firefighters who are left behind to carry on their legacy. Each of these firefighters carry their full gear throughout the journey, which weighs between 60 and 80 pounds.
Of course, Harding isn’t the only one to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. All over the nation, ceremonies took place in memory of those brave souls that we lost 15 years ago. Many people traveled for hours just to show their support to the families and those they lost.