BEREA, Ky. (LEX 18) — Not everyone is able to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City, but there is a 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit that travels around the country. It made its first Kentucky visit Wednesday at Farristown Middle School in Berea.
Hundreds of Madison County students got the chance to see artifacts and hear first-hand accounts from September 11, 2001.
"I thought it was really amazing how they could come and do this for the community," said eighth grader Claire Cress. "It just elaborates more on what we've already learned, so it just gives us more details and it makes it easier to understand."
The kids were even guided by two New York firefighters who experienced that tragic day.
The mobile exhibit was started by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Siller was a firefighter who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to help those in need.
"In order to get to the Twin Towers in Manhattan from Brooklyn, he had to run through the tunnel to the towers with over 60 pounds of his gear," said Catherine Christman, Siller's cousin and the Media Relations Director for the foundation.
Christman called Siller a superhero and thinks it's important for people to understand what happened on September 11.
"To date, about 350,000 people in America and Canada have toured our exhibit and it's well over 35 states that we've been to,” said Christman.
"It's changing. For all of those artifacts in there that they took from there and that they honor those people, it's touching,” said eighth grader Drew Hess.
The mobile exhibit will also be at the middle school Thursday, allowing more students to learn about this historic day outside of the classroom.
The exhibit will be open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday night.