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Eglin Air Force Base firefighters participate in a prayer before donning their gear and completing their annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11.  Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to be placed on a memorial display.  Once at the top the name was read aloud.  The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters participate in a prayer before donning their gear and completing their annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11. Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to be placed on a memorial display. Once at the top the name was read aloud. The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters gear up Sept. 11. Fire department Airmen and civilians ascended the 11-story air traffic control tower carrying identification tags with the names of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001. The event ended on top of the tower with participants hanging the tag display over the balcony with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters gear up Sept. 11. Fire department Airmen and civilians ascended the 11-story air traffic control tower carrying identification tags with the names of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001. The event ended on top of the tower with participants hanging the tag display over the balcony with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter presents a tag with a name of one of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 to Fire Chief Mark Giuliano after ascending to the top 11-story air traffic control tower Sept. 11. When each name was delivered to the top of the tower it was read aloud. The event ended on top of the tower with participants hanging the tag display over the balcony with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter presents a tag with a name of one of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 to Fire Chief Mark Giuliano after ascending to the top 11-story air traffic control tower Sept. 11. When each name was delivered to the top of the tower it was read aloud. The event ended on top of the tower with participants hanging the tag display over the balcony with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Fire Chief Mark Giuliano adds a name of one of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 to a memorial display during the fire department’s annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11.  Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to reach the memorial display.  Once at the top the name was read aloud.  The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Fire Chief Mark Giuliano adds a name of one of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 to a memorial display during the fire department’s annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11. Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to reach the memorial display. Once at the top the name was read aloud. The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter presents a tag with a name of one of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 to Fire Chief Mark Giuliano after ascending to the top 11-story air traffic control tower Sept. 11. When each name was delivered to the top of the tower it was read aloud. The event ended on top of the tower with participants hanging the tag display over the balcony with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter presents a tag with a name of one of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 to Fire Chief Mark Giuliano after ascending to the top 11-story air traffic control tower Sept. 11. When each name was delivered to the top of the tower it was read aloud. The event ended on top of the tower with participants hanging the tag display over the balcony with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters climb the stairs of the air traffic control tower to deliver identification tags of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 to the memorial display at the top. Once at the top, the name was read aloud.  The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters climb the stairs of the air traffic control tower to deliver identification tags of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11, 2001 to the memorial display at the top. Once at the top, the name was read aloud. The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter observes a moment of silence aftert the department’s annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11.  Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to be placed on a memorial display.  Once at the top the name was read aloud.  The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter observes a moment of silence aftert the department’s annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11. Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to be placed on a memorial display. Once at the top the name was read aloud. The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters attach the 9/11 memorial display to the balcony of the air traffic control tower Sept. 11. Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the control tower to be placed on the display.  Once at the top, the name was read aloud.  The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters attach the 9/11 memorial display to the balcony of the air traffic control tower Sept. 11. Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the control tower to be placed on the display. Once at the top, the name was read aloud. The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters attach the 9/11 memorial display to the balcony of the air traffic control tower Sept. 11. Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the control tower to be placed on the display.  Once at the top, the name was read aloud.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

Eglin Air Force Base firefighters attach the 9/11 memorial display to the balcony of the air traffic control tower Sept. 11. Firefighters carried identification tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the control tower to be placed on the display. Once at the top, the name was read aloud. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Cheryl L. Foster)

An American Flag and the names of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11 2001 hang over the side of the Eglin Air Force Base air traffic control tower Sept. 11. Fire department Airmen and civilians ascended the 11-story air traffic control tower multiple times to deliver identification tags of the fallen to the top. When each name was delivered, it was read aloud. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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An American Flag and the names of the 343 firefighters killed Sept. 11 2001 hang over the side of the Eglin Air Force Base air traffic control tower Sept. 11. Fire department Airmen and civilians ascended the 11-story air traffic control tower multiple times to deliver identification tags of the fallen to the top. When each name was delivered, it was read aloud. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter hands off identification tags to another firefighter during the annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11.  Firefighters carried the tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to be placed on a memorial display.  Once at the top the name was read aloud.  The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (Courtesy photo)
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An Eglin Air Force Base firefighter hands off identification tags to another firefighter during the annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11. Firefighters carried the tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to be placed on a memorial display. Once at the top the name was read aloud. The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (Courtesy photo)

A bell stands ready to be tolled by Eglin Air Force Base firefighters at the end of the annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11.  Firefighters carried the tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to be placed on a memorial display.  Once at the top the name was read aloud.  The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (Courtesy photo)
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A bell stands ready to be tolled by Eglin Air Force Base firefighters at the end of the annual 9/11 memorial tower climb, Sept. 11. Firefighters carried the tags of each of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11 to the top of the air traffic control tower to be placed on a memorial display. Once at the top the name was read aloud. The event ended with participants hanging the display over the balcony of the tower with an American Flag. (Courtesy photo)