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9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit sets up at Red River Valley Fair

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FARGO—The newest attraction at the fair is a traveling tribute honoring those who lost their lives on September 11th.

It's the day that forever changed our nation.

"It wasn't just an attack on New York, it was an attack on America," said Robert Reeg, New York Fire Fighter.

Now, nearly 16-years later some of the men who were right in the center of history are going around the country, educating in a 53-foot trailer housing the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit.

For the first time, they've made it to the Red River Valley Fair, sharing their stories to the metro.

"If it wasn't for the love and support we received, I don't know how we were able to bear the unbearable sorrow," said Reeg. 

Thousands of people made their way through the traveling museum all day.

"We want to educate, cause it slips past people's memory," said said Reeg. 

Parents bringing their children who hadn't even been born yet to talk to the men who experienced it first hand.

"It's a part of history. and as long as I'm alive, I want to be a part of it more over I am a part of it," said Bob Sapienza, New York Firefighter.

The idea of this stems from the family of one firefighter, Stephen Siller who died September 11th.

"He got his gear. Went to the firehouse, actually ran from Brooklyn to Manhattan through the tunnels," said Sapienza. 

The tribute was initially set up as a way to keep his legacy alive, but has expanded into much more.

"They can see artifacts of that day, parts of firetrucks. Parts of guys uniforms. Pieces of the building," said Sapienza.

These men say the most important sentiment they can share is to ensure we never forget that fateful day.

The mobile museum will be at the fair every day and is free.

Any donation made will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

If you'd like to learn more about the foundation we have that link, here.

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