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9/11 events go virtual amid pandemic

9/11 Events go virtual amid pandemic
Posted at 4:40 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 23:33:44-04

GREENVILLE, (NBC 26) -- For nearly 20 years now, communities have come together on this day to remember and honor the men and women who died on September 11, 2001.

This year, those events look a little bit different.

"Things that you did in past years, this year we can’t do," Pierce Manufacturing plant manager Chad Miller said. "We can’t gather and have our annual stair climb up at Lambeau that we’ve done seven years in a row.”

While the event can't bring thousands of people together like it normally does, Miller said it can still be significant. This year, the event has spread out across the community.

Students at West High in Green Bay also switched their event around. The memorial bleacher climb was canceled, so staff encouraged students to track their steps and remember the victims of 9/11.

“Get together with family members, go on a walk, go on a hike, a bike ride, something you can remember that time doing it safely and practicing social distancing," Miller said. “It’s really important so that we gather and think about this year, with all the things that are happening in the world today, that we still support those who lost our lives then and lose their lives every day protecting us.”

Miller said their annual event is also a major fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighters Donation. Those donations are being accepted through Friday.