FARGO — Families, schools and churches in the country had flags lowered in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001 — just one of the many reminders of 9/11 and what was lost on that day and the days that followed.
Family Wellness in Fargo once again hosted a 9/11 memorial stair climb Wednesday. Money raised from the stair climb — which mirrors the stairs firefighters climbed on 9/11 — will go to the local Salvation Army.
Some of the firefighters that took part in the stair climb were in grade school when 9/11 happened.
The day is especially meaningful for a Fargo-Moorhead Salvation Army chaplain who was called on to help near the disaster in New York.
Major Jerry O'Neil now works in Fargo, but after 9/11 he was called on to serve as a Salvation Army chaplain to help those who lost loved ones. He said it is meaningful work he will never forget.
"(I was) meeting with families all day long ... (it was) some difficult stuff meeting with the lady who lost her husband and her son in the same event. It's pretty dramatic," O'Neil remembers. "It makes you think about life a lot differently because 3,000 people went to work that day, not knowing it was going to be their last day on earth. I think we take a lot for granted. We wake up in the morning thinking that we're going to have plenty of time and that's not always the case."