If you are a Boy Scout or Girl Scout in Savannah or the surrounding area, here is a volunteer effort you do not want to miss.
Savannah is hosting a Tunnel to Towers 5K road race this coming Saturday, September 15th from 8 a.m. until about 9:30 and is searching for 343 scouts in uniforms to line the road holding a photograph of a downed hero from 9/11.
The scouts would have to arrive around 7 a.m. to collect their flags and photos of fallen heroes and line the streets as runners come past. When they turn in their photos and flags they will received a commemorative patch from the event to wear on their uniform or favorite jacket.
Sherry Feathers, a local Girl Scout leader herself, is heading up the search for scouts and so far has not gotten the response she had hoped for. Apparently a lot of local Girl Scouts are headed to Camp Low that Saturday to earn badges and many Boy Scout groups have planned to go camping out of town, but Feathers says that the scouts will only need to be there between about seven and nine in the morning giving them plenty of time to earn those badges at the camp!
Scouts will need to get a parent to sign a waiver and an adult will need to supervise the pack or individual. For more information you can contact email@example.com or visit http://www.t2trun.org/savannah.
The race commemorates 9/11 and all fallen heroes, but specifically, Stephen Siller, an off duty fire fighter who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to reach the Trade Center to help save lives while losing his own in the process.
The race hopes to have numerous military and fire fighting teams running and there will be flags and patriotic music along the downtown route.
It should be a very moving event so close to the anniversary of the bombing of the towers and one every Savannah resident should support, even if you can’t run or walk, just by coming out to cheer the runners and walkers along.
Proceeds from the event go to help an organization called, Building for America’s Bravest which helps refit houses for handicapped individuals in Georgia who were wounded while fighting to protect and serve others.
They will also be auctioning off a New York City Fire Department Helmet with the number 343, the number of Firefighters who died trying to save others lives that day.
The event starts at Orleans Square, outside the Telfair and Jepson Museums and ends in the same location. Parking is free on Saturdays and if you come early, you should be able to get a good space and stay for the Latino Food Festival later in the day.