Each year since 2015, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has held a Tower Climb at One World Observatory at One World Trade Center in New York. One thousand people make their way up the steps of the building that symbolizes strength and hope, and the resiliency and invincibility of the American spirit.
The event celebrates the life and sacrifice of FDNY Captain Billy Burke. After responding to the attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Captain Burke stayed behind to save others on the 27th floor of the north tower, while commanding other firefighters to get out of the building. He was already aware that the south tower had collapsed. Captain Burke lost his life moments later. His selflessness is legendary among those in his profession.
The view from the 102nd floor is nothing short of spectacular. After making the emotional climb, participants explore expansive, panoramic views in every direction from a unique perspective. One of the major highlights, of course, is viewing the two reflecting pools that mark the footprints of where the Twin Towers once stood.
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