New York firefighters share 9/11 experiences at Red River Ex exhibit
9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit includes tours, artifacts, recordings
An exhibit at this year's Red River Ex urges Manitobans never to forget the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by sharing the stories of New York City firefighters and others who were there.
It includes steel beams and other artifacts recovered from Ground Zero — the site of the former World Trade Center, where the National September 11 Memorial and Museum now stands — along with personal items donated by New York firefighters and recordings from the day of the attacks.
As well, several New York firefighters are on hand to share their stories, including FDNY Chief John LaBarbera, who was involved in rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.
"I have three other firefighters with me and we all have our own unique experience," LaBarbera told CBC News on Friday.
The travelling exhibit was created by the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation, which was named after a New York firefighter who had died in the Twin Towers.
LaBarbera said the foundation "believes it's very important that the people of Canada, the people of the United States, get a chance to see and experience what happened that day through the eyes of firefighters like myself who were there."