Mobile 9/11 museum opens to public in Fayetteville - WRBL

Mobile 9/11 museum opens to public in Fayetteville

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A foundation dedicated to remembering 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City opened a new mobile museum in Fayetteville Wednesday.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation held a ribbon cutting for the mobile museum outside the Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM).

The foundation is named after Stephen Siller who was one of the New York City firefighters who died responding to the plane crashes into the World Trade Center twin towers. Siller was off duty that day but he decided to head to the trade center to help. He ran into a road block at a tunnel nearly three miles from ground zero. So walked and ran from the tunnel to the towers wearing and carrying his gear. He died inside tower two when it collapsed.

The museum is a way the foundation hopes to honor Siller and remember how he and so many other New York City firefighters died.

Siller's brother George said the traveling museum will remind people around the country about the sacrifices of first responders, and for young people it will be a lesson they may not get otherwise.

"There are going to be so many people who get to feel it anew again," George Siller said. "Spreading patriotism and respect for all our first responders and the military is very important to us."

The Tunnel to Towers foundation also works to help troops, who have been wounded in combat. So the foundation made sure to have a school group from Fort Bragg at the mobile museum opening. For the 12-year-old students, it was a way to get a new perspective on why their parents have been at war.

"Even in death he can help spread good will and educate the young people. He always was a giver, and we try to give back to the community," George Siller said.

The mobile museum will be at the ASOM through 6 p.m. Thursday. On Friday afternoon it will be at Festival Park. It will be at Raleigh's PNC Arena on September 17, 18, 20 and 21.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is also hosting an event in Fayetteville on Friday. A concert at Festival Park by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will benefit "Building Homes for America's Bravest." The concert on Friday will raise money directly for new homes for Army Master Sgt. John Masson and Marine Staff Sgt. Thomas McRae. Both are triple amputees, and the money will help build "smart" home with multiple adaptations for the men.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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