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Aspen, Snowmass firefighters to honor 9/11 anniversary with events Tuesday

Staff report

Two Aspen-area events are scheduled Tuesday to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

The first will be held at noon in Aspen in front of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department on Hopkins Avenue, said Rick Balentine, Aspen fire chief.

The gathering will include an honor guard and laying a wreath on the piece of steel from the World Trade Center's North Tower that sits in front of the station, he said. The steel was donated by the New York Fire Department. The North Tower was the second of the Twin Towers to collapse Sept. 11, 2001.

The second commemoration of the day is the third annual Axes and Arms 9/11 Memorial Climb in Snowmass Village. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Snowmass Town Park and ends at the Top of The Village Condos.

The 3-mile distance between the two points is 956 feet in elevation gain, the exact amount New York firefighters climbed in the South Tower on 9/11, said Scott Thompson, Snowmass and Basalt fire chief.

Firefighters will wear up to 60 pounds of gear as they walk up Brush Creek Road and Carriage Way, according to Thompson. The public is invited to walk with the firefighters, and shuttle transportation will be provided back to Town Park. There will be food, drinks and activities at Town Park after the walk.

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All events are free and open to the public.