Saturday, September the 8th marked the 2nd annual Dunwoody Manhattan Memorial Stair Climb honoring the 343 service men and women who lost their lives on September 11th 2001.

The morning began with a brief opening ceremony under an enormous American flag in front of The Manhattan Condominium in Dunwoody. After the National Anthem and America the Beautiful were delivered with heartfelt enthusiasm, Patrick Lindstrom who organized the event for the DeKalb Firefighters, gave thanks to the sponsors, the volunteers and the participants for their support. The rain that was expected held off through the morning leaving the 210 climbers in awe as they reached the summit and walked out onto the sky lounge deck for an awesome, but almost eerie, view - given the darkening sky and the back-lit Atlanta skyline. As firefighters and police climbed the stairs dressed out in their full gear carrying 50lb shields and oxygen tanks, we were once again made aware of how fortunate we are that many fine people dedicate their lives to serving and protecting this country.

Many climbed the stairs over and over again until they reached 110 flights – in remembrance of the heroes that died on September 11th, 2001. We are all so grateful that from something so horrific, our countrymen were able to cobble together a new patriotism and build back a spirit of brotherhood that was so apparent on this day. We cannot wait for next year - and hope we will  “see you on the stairs in 2013!”

Visit the FirstService Residential Georgia Facebook page to see photos from the event.

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