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.
The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is making its first visit to Manitoba at the Ex, which kicks off Friday and runs through June 26 in Winnipeg. Admission is included in the cost to get into the Ex.
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.
"Most people may not get a chance to go to New York to see the museum and the memorial, so what we're doing, we're bringing it to you."
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."
The exhibit, a 53-foot tractor-trailer that converts into a 1,000-square-foot space, is located on the west side of the park, behind Exhibition Place.