9/11 Never Forget Display coming to Dodge County
A unique tribute to remember one of the most horrific days in modern day American history is coming to Dodge County this summer.
The 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit will be on display at this year’s Dodge County Fair in Kasson, according to Steven Jurrens, a local coordinator who serves on the Kasson Fire Department.
The mobile exhibit is a high-tech, 53-foot semi tractor trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit and serves as a poignant reminder of the tragic day on Sept. 11, 2001 that claimed nearly 3,000 lives, including 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers. It was the deadliest incident for public safety personnel in U.S. history.
Jurrens said the memorial provides interactive education, including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos and recordings of first responder radio transmissions. Entrance into the exhibit is always free of charge.
The family of Stephen Siller started the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of Stephen, a New York City firefighters who lost his life after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Tunnel to the Twin Towers.
As part of the exhibit at the Dodge fair, all public safety agencies throughout the county will take turns manning the display, Jurrens said, noting it will likely be staffed from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day of the fair. There will be an opening ceremony on the first night of the fair.
Jurrens is hoping for a huge turnout for the display, which has only been in Minnesota a few times since its inception in 2002. Last year it was on display in Waseca County.