On Thursday, November 12th, a large piece of modern American history arrived at the National Military History Center. This massive “artifact” is Rescue Truck 4, an emergency vehicle used in the 9/11 Terrorist Attack in New York City 14 years ago.
Rescue 4 is now owned by the Remembrance Rescue Project, a volunteer based organization that aims to educate children and adults of the events that occurred on September 11th, 2001. The organization purchased Rescue Truck 5 as well, which was also used in 9/11. These vehicles serve as a tangible backdrop to the events that are spoken about by volunteers of the Remembrance Rescue Project to audiences all over.
On Friday, November 13th, the opening presentation took place to introduce the new Rescue Truck 4 exhibit. Christopher Gantz, a member of the board of directors for the Remembrance Rescue Project, spoke to a crowd made up of 5th grade students from J.E. Ober Elementary, firefighters from the DeKalb County area, media personnel, and many other individuals about this remarkable and temporary addition. Once the presentation came to a close, the students were able to make thank-you cards to show their appreciation to the emergency responders that risked their lives on 9/11.
Because these two trucks are considered “mobile memorials” they are regularly visiting fire departments, schools, and museums all over the U.S. Gantz said that these two Rescue Trucks have visited 38 states so far and since they are unable to be hauled due to size and weight, both trucks are driven to each and every location! The Rescue 4 Truck had previously been in Chicago before making its destination to Indiana and Rescue 5 is currently in the Los Angeles area.
The National Military History Center will be the home to this vehicle until September 2016. This will be the first time one of the two Rescue trucks will be staying in one place for an extended period of time. This extension is a great opportunity to allow the public ample time to make plans to see the exhibit!
The National Military History Center is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible piece of American History and the artifacts and photos on display at the exhibit as well!
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