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Efforts Underway to Bring 9/11 Exhibit to Washington County Fair

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 6:28 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Do you remember where you were when you learned of the attacks that happened September 11th, 2001?

Carol Horning is spearheading an effort to bring the mobile museum about 9/11 to the Washington County Fair, and shares why it’s important, “You know, the older people in the community do remember, anybody who was 17 years and older remember, maybe not 17 necessarily because it was 17 years ago. But the young people in our community don’t remember this, and I think it’s really important for them because it was part of our history right here to know about this, so that’s why it’s so important for me to get this here.”

Horning explains her family’s personal tie to the event, “Yes, our son served three years in Afghanistan after 9/11, he was an airborne paratrooper. So it’s very personal to us, we lived this, too.” Jared Holmes returned home, which Horning says, “I am very grateful that he came home without a lot major injuries. And part of what this 9/11 traveling exhibit does is the money that we raise by having them come here 93% of it goes back to building smarthomes for catastrophically injured soldiers. And I’m just very grateful that my son isn’t one of those.” The other funds are used to transport and maintain the exhibit.

The exhibit travels by semi and is fully ADA compliant and air conditioned. The tours are guided by New York City firefighters. It costs $10,000 to bring to Washington. The exhibit will be in Washington July 15-17th as part of the Washington County Fair, with no additional charge beyond fair admittance. Approximately half of the funds have been raised.

Those wishing to donate can write a check to the Washington County Fair Board and put 9/11 exhibit in the memo line. Donations can be dropped off with Horning so she can keep track of the total amount raised, and it will then be taken to the fair board. Anything over $10,000 raised will be split among local fire departments and the smarthomes fund.