Austin organizations to commemorate 9/11 on 20th anniversary

The Samaritan Center will invite attendees to climb its 251-foot Circuit of Americas Observation Tower in honor of victims and heroes of 9/11. (Courtesy Samaritan Center)
The Samaritan Center will invite attendees to climb its 251-foot Circuit of Americas Observation Tower in honor of victims and heroes of 9/11. (Courtesy Samaritan Center)

The Samaritan Center will invite attendees to climb its 251-foot Circuit of Americas Observation Tower in honor of victims and heroes of 9/11. (Courtesy Samaritan Center)

Various organizations around Austin are holding events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

COTA Memorial Climb


Circuit of The Americas and the Samaritan Center are hosting a Memorial Tower Climb to honor 9/11 victims and first responders. All ages and fitness levels are invited to climb the tower to the observation deck four times to represent the number of floors of both Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. 8 a.m. Free. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Del Valle.

Travis Mansion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run

Runners, ruckers and walkers of all ages and levels are invited to participate in this 5K to honor 9/11 victims, military members and first responders. 9 a.m. Prices vary. Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th St., Austin.


Austin Firefighters Association memorial climb

Austin firefighters will climb the Pleasant Valley Drill Tower several times to equal roughly the height of the World Trade Center. The participants will be in full gear.

Austin-area firefighters have been participating in the Memorial Stair Climb every year since, starting with the first climb the day after 9/11, according to the association. 9:30 a.m. Free. 517 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Austin.

The Emergency Service Pipes And Drums Association

The Emergency Service Pipes And Drums Association will perform its annual memorial concert at the Capitol. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin.

Co-Lab’s 20-year anniversary remembrance

Co-Lab will host a show from artist Claude van Lingen to honor 9/11 victims and the soldiers who have died in ensuing wars since.

Per the event listing: “The exhibition centers around two large drawings in which the names of the 2,753 victims of the World Trade Center were written one over the other, in Claude’s signature style, causing the paper to shred and tear.”

4 p.m. 5419 Glissman Road, Austin.



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