If every American doesn’t remember where they were when American Airlines flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, they probably do remember when United Airlines flight 175 struck the south tower 17 minutes later. That was the moment 9/11 changed from another day on a calendar to a phrase that echoes through the American mind.
Approximately 2,606 people died from the attacks on the World Trade Center, including flight passengers, WTC employees, bystanders and the people who went into the flames to save them.
The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit was created by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in memory of Stephen Siller, a New York Fire Department firefighter who couldn’t access the towers after the attacks. Siller, assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, arrived at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on his way to the towers, but the tunnel was closed. Siller strapped 60 pounds of gear to his body and ran through the tunnel to the towers to help save lives and, ultimately, gave his, according to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation website.
The foundation was started by Siller’s family, which went on to fund the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit. The mobile exhibit is a 53-foot tractor-trailer that unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, which can be assembled in two hours and taken down in an hour and a half, according to the foundation.
The exhibit will be at the White County 4-H Fair until Tuesday, open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibit is staffed by former NYFD firefighters who give tours and tell their stories of what happened that day.
Kennedy Snyder and Makenna Brooks visited the exhibit with their friends and chaperone Ambyr Wade on the White County 4-H Fairgrounds this past weekend. The girls wouldn’t come into this world until years after the tragedy, but they said they were affected by the rolling museum.
For additional information, see Monday's Herald Journal.