Visitors to the National Corvette Museum will see an extra attraction at the site now through Nov. 9.
The Museum is hosting a mobile 9/11 exhibit in Parking Lot A from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, where visitors will be able to see real artifacts from Ground Zero, including six different parts of different rigs, fire trucks that have been destroyed, and a time-stamped signage of the events that day in chronological order, according to Billy Puckett, field manager for the exhibit.
The exhibit, which has been to 33 states so far, is included with Museum admission.
“This is just a way to bring a part of that tragic historical day to other parts of the country,” Puckett said.
The family of Steven Siller, a firefighter who responded to Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001, started the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
“(Siller) ran 3½ miles to meet his squad at the South Tower,” Puckett said. “Unfortunately, he lost his life that day, and his remains were never found.”
In his honor, The Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds homes for critically injured members of the military and also provides aid to any first responder that has lost their life since 9/11 or will lose their life in the future because of a 9/11-related illness.
“The homes that we build them operate entirely from an iPad,” Puckett said. “They can control just about every aspect of their home. Their bathrooms are fully automated so they get their independence back.”
So far, the Foundation has helped about 450 veterans and first responders and uses the traveling exhibit to raise funds to help even more people.
“It’s just another way for us to continue to give back to the military community and our veteran community here locally,” Mariah Hughes, senior media and marketing specialist for NCM, said.
The Corvette Museum is also hosting its annual Vets ‘n’ Vettes event on Thursday, Nov. 4, with veterans and active service members receiving free laps around the NCM Motorsports Park track and a complimentary lunch.
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