Free tours given by FDNY firefighters

The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit will be in the Centre Mall parking lot all three days of Summer Celebration in Sioux Center.

SIOUX CENTER—The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit is coming to Sioux Center all three days of Summer Celebration.

The free exhibit will be in the Centre Mall parking lot. Hours will be 3-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re thrilled to have this come to our community,” said Chuck Brunsting, member of the Doornink-Brunsting America Legion Post 199 and VFW in Sioux Center.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation launched the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit in 2013 as a tribute to all those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001, including, of course, the 343 members of the New York City Fire Department who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The high-tech, 53-foot tractor-trailer, which transforms into a 1,000-square-foot exhibit, is a tool to educate people throughout the country about the events of that tragic day. The interactive guided tours are carried out by FDNY firefighters who provide firsthand accounts of the day and its aftermath.

“We are still involved in the war on terror and 9/11 is what started it all,” Brunsting said. “This is an event we should never forget.”

Brunsting said that’s just one reason the Legion and VFW worked together, donating $10,000 toward the $17,000 project to be able to bring this exhibit to Sioux Center.

“With the American Legion celebrating 100 years this year, we wanted to do something to help veterans and the community,” Brunsting said. “Part of what the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation does is build mortgage-free smart homes for injured service members.”

The foundation also supports the families of law enforcement, firefighters and emergency workers that lost their lives in the line of duty.

“What better way to support our nation, our veterans and never forget?” Brunsting asked.