PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --
A former Portland fire chief and his wife are organizing a memorial stair climb event this Sunday, September 18, to benefit the families of fallen firefighters.
Jerome and Maureen LaMoria expect dozens of firefighters and civilians to participate in Sunday's Maine Stair Climb, which is a memorial event to honor the 343 firefighters who were killed on September 11. They run the event the weekend after 9/11 in order to gather as large of a crowd as possible.
"It's an event of remembrance for the lives lost that day for the first responders," said Jerome LaMoria.
Participants will carry "ID badges" with the names and faces of the 343 firefighters who perished on 9/11 as they climb the 110 flights of stairs at Two Monument Square.
LaMoria said this year alone, there are 40 new names that will be added to the 9/11 memorial that have died as a direct result of working at Ground Zero.
Participants pay a $30 registration fee. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the National Fallen Firefighters' Foundation. It provides financial assistance for families who lost a loved in the line of duty.
"It's been 15 years and people have gone on with their lives and we see a lot of things going on in the world and we just don't want people to forget these firemen or anyone of the 3,000 that were killed that day," said Maureen LaMoria.
The wife and husband stressed that the event is not exclusive to firefighters. They encourage all people who want to participate to do so.
"If parents are wondering how to talk to their children about 9/11, this is a great family event to come because they'll learn about what happened that day and what the human costs were," said Jerome. "It's a great cause. It's good for your health, and it's a family event. If you don't know how to say, 'never forget' to your children, this would be a great event to do."
Registration on site begins Sunday, September 18 at 7 a.m. The ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the climb at 9 a.m.
"If you do ten flights, that's fine. If you do 110 flights, that's even better," said LaMoria.
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