published : 2023-09-30

God Bless America: Tunnel to Towers 5K Honors 9/11 First Responders in NYC

Participants Honor American Heroes in Annual Run

Participants crossing the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel during the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in NYC, captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation held its 22nd annual 5K Run & Walk in New York City to honor first responders and service members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

With a crowd of 40,000 people, the event saw participants from all over the country come together to pay tribute to the heroes of 9/11.

The 5K route took them through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to Ground Zero, symbolizing the journey taken by the first responders on that fateful day.

Chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Frank Siller, discussed the personal connection each family and participant brings to the event.

The energy and sense of unity felt by all were described as beautiful.

Among the participants were Mike, a Marine stationed with the 2/25 Empire Battalion, who ran to honor those he knew personally who lost their lives on 9/11.

He expressed his pride in being surrounded by fellow patriots and concluded his thoughts with a heartfelt 'God bless America.'

Mike from Seaford, New York, running with the American flag to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, taken with a Nikon D850.

Christina, Melissa, and Kristin, first-timers from New Jersey, ran in memory of their grandfather, a former New York City firefighter who passed away earlier this year.

They spoke about the emotional experience of running through the tunnel and seeing the American flags waving, fighting back tears at the sight of all the lives lost on that tragic day.

Captain Frank DeOliveira, from Newark, New Jersey's Ladder 11, ran with his family and friends to honor firefighter Augie Acabou, who died in duty.

He expressed his support for fellow first responders and appreciation for the work done by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Joe Liffey, a 9/11 first responder, revisited the site where he stood on that day 22 years ago, accompanied by his daughter and niece.

He emphasized the importance of remembering everyone affected by the trauma and expressing support for them.

Victoria, Joe's daughter, shared her plans to follow in her family's footsteps by joining law enforcement.

Christina, Melissa, and Kristin, proudly wearing their 'Tunnel to Towers' shirts as they run in memory of their firefighter grandfather, photographed with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

She reflected on the immense gratitude for the people who appreciate and remember the events of 9/11, stating that it is an honor to be present at the event.

Julia and Chloe, lacrosse players from Maryland attending Hofstra University, ran in support of their New York-based teammates and to show appreciation for the first responders.

They expressed their gratitude for the sacrifices made by these heroes.

Troy, a first-time participant from Port Jefferson, New York, commended the event's atmosphere and conveyed his appreciation for America's first responders.

Encouraging them to keep up the good work, he assured them that they have the support of the entire community.

The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk served as a powerful reminder of the resilience and spirit of the American people as they paid tribute to the brave individuals who gave their lives in service to their country.