Chancey Bush
West Metro Captain Sean Jewell helps in raising the flag during the Colorado Memorial Stair Climb.
Taking the climb: Annual 9/11 event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre honors fallen

Toting American flags, full fire gear and, in some instances, extra weights, approximately 2,000 men, women and children climbed the stairs of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

Up, around and down nine times they went.

Their trek Monday was a symbolic one, meant to mimic the 110 flights climbed by first responders during the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. Many climbers wore an ID badge of a New York firefighter who died on 9/11, and the significance of the event didn’t go unnoticed by organizers, climbers or spectators.