MEDINA, Ohio - Medina is the only Ohio city to host a powerful traveling exhibit that honors the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and educates people about the tragic events of that day.
The 9/11 "Never Forget" mobile exhibit can be toured on Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. at the corner of W. Liberty and Elmwood near Medina's square.
On Tuesday, about 1,000 people walked through the exhibit inside of a 53-foot, high-tech tractor trailer, which unfolds mechanically into a 1,000 square foot space and contains 9/11 artifacts.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation dedicated the mobile museum in September 2013 to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks.
Siller was among 343 firefighters who died when the twin towers collapsed in New York City.
The exhibit is intended to serve as an educational tool through the presentation of artifacts, including steel beams from the towers, a documentary video, recordings of first responder radio transmissions and guided tours by FDNY firefighters.
Since there are millions of U.S. children who were born after that date, the Siller foundation has been working on ways to make sure Americans never forget.
"Like a lot of people, we are genuinely worried that the story of September 11 isn't being taught adequately in the schools," Frank Siller explained. "Part of our mission as an organization has always been to spread the message of 'Never forget.'"
A 5K race to raise money for the foundation will take place on September 14 in downtown Medina. The money will used to build homes for the most severely injured members of the U.S. military.
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Similar races are being held in eight other cities during the months of September and October.