In memory of the tragic attack on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001, Houston’s Lone Star Flight Museum is opening its fall exhibition Never Forget: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on September 1. The nearly 3,000 names of those who died will be inscribed on the gallery walls and an 11-foot section of the World Trade Center I-Beam will be held in the gallery.
“We are honored and humbled to display the I-Beam on behalf of the City of Bellaire and thank each of the companies that were part of creating a beautiful display for the beam,” says Museum President and CEO Lt. Gen. (ret.) Doug Owens in a press release. “We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support.”
The exhibit is presented by the Gary Sinise Foundation (many people know him as Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump), with Morgan Stanley and Silver Eagle Distributors Houston. The Gary Sinise Foundation “serves American defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need”, according to their mission statement. Through four programs, the foundation demonstrates action, one of which is the First Responders Outreach. Inspired by the bravery of first responders during 9/11, the initiative ensures that the Gary Foundation is giving back to police officers, firefighters, and EMTs. They have currently donated over 305 emergency relief grants and over 10,500 pieces of essential equipment.
Guests are welcome to add to the exhibit with the opportunity to write in a guest book, which will then be donated to the National 9/11 Museum and Memorial in New York City. Also available will be public programs (including programs for school and homeschool groups); live and virtual tours; guest speaker Billie Forney, a 9/11 survivor and native Houstonian.
“Our hope is that this exhibit continues the dialog about what happened on 9/11, how we came together as a country and most importantly, never forget the innocent people, first responders and real-life heroes that lost their lives that day,” says Owens.
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