With the 9th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 on the horizon, The Upwelling have released their video “Ladder 116” announcing that proceeds will go to the New York Police & Fire Widow & Children’s Benefit Fund.
The song pays homage to the Queens-based Ladder 116, of which the band shared a friendship. The company was held in the Midtown tunnel the day of the tragedy, due to a security warning which inevitably saved their lives. Two members, however, Paul Gill and Thomas Casoria, worked on rotation for their engine company, and were two of the many brave heroes who lost their lives. This song, and its corresponding music video, remembers these two and the many others who were lost, as well as the legacy of the World Trade Center.
The video for “Ladder 116” is a compilation of footage of the construction of the Twin Towers, in addition to video clips of employees of all races and creeds working in the buildings. It captures the iconic center that represented the essence of New York City to the world and that pumped life blood into various worldwide fields, from finance and insurance to commerce and public media.