The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was established in memory of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on 9/11. The 5K Run & Walk will take place in Muhlenberg County to honor and support first responders and the military in Kentucky.

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On September 11th, 2016 I had the honor to attend the official unveiling of the 9/11 Memorial which at that time marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies. It's located on the southwest lawn of the Muhlenberg County Judicial Center and soars to eighteen feet in height at its tallest point. The Memorial features a 17-foot long box beam that fell from the North Tower (based on markings it's possible that it came from the 91st floor) of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

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Elements of the structure include a commissioned hand-carved bronze sculpture of an angered American eagle clutching a draping American flag. Two granite towers (one tall tower and one collapsing tower with a debris cloud) depict the Twin Towers. Various elements of the sculpture are dedicated to victims, heroes, and citizens who were directly impacted by the event. Other elements of the Memorial are dedicated to Muhlenberg’s own local first responders who daily serve and protect the community. It truly is a beautiful work of art sculpted by nationally recognized sculptor Gary Casteel.

Michelle Vincent

This event will be a perfect chance to check out the memorial in person. It's a sight to behold. Make plans on September 11th, 2021 for the Western Kentucky Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk starting at 8 AM.


"The Greenville Tourism Commission, local first responders, and volunteers will work together to host this event. The event will honor and celebrate Muhlenberg County’s first responders—fire, police, EMTs, paramedics—as well as military service heroes who serve, sacrifice, and protect us every day."

The Western KY 5K Run & Walk is the latest of more than 70 events in a national series of 5k and tower climbs held all around the United States in support of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Western Kentucky Tunnel to Towers event has 3 goals: Honor Local First Responders, Remember 9/11 and raise funds to build smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service members.

Tunnel to Towers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services for the nation’s first responders and military.

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