For the last several years, on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedies in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., I’ve found my way to Birkelbach Field in Georgetown, Texas for an annual remembrance by first responders in our area, their Memorial Stair Climb. The climb, in a most physical way, honors the service of fire and police personnel in New York City. Participants trudge up and down the stadium steps the equivalent of 110-stories at the World Trade Center. It’s always a moving event. This year, the Georgetown High School football team stood in silence on the field as things got underway. Brothers, ages 7 and 10, representing their Cub Scout pack, handed out water and sports drinks to participants. A member of the fire department’s Pipes & Drums played “Amazing Grace.” Thanks to recent rain, it was cooler, but the bleachers, made of metal, were very slippery. Challenges to overcome. One firefighter friend reminded me that this shouldn’t be about politics. He’s right. Another participant wonders about what those born after 9/11 will remember. I do, too. These photos were taken for the Williamson County Sun.