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Traveling 9/11 museum comes to Verona

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VERONA (WKOW) – Thursday marks 13 years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Monday, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation's traveling, 9/11 memorial museum stopped at the Verona Public Library.

More than 800 people had walked through the museum as of Monday evening, said library director Brian Simons.

Simons said the library felt it was important to bring the museum to Dane County.

“It's been a long time,” Simons said. “I look back and go, 'wow, it's that long ago.' It feels like yesterday.”

The museum features 9/11 artifacts like pieces of the World Trade Center and the New York City fire trucks used in emergency response to the attacks.

“Now, 13 years later, we want to make sure people remember,” said Battalion Chief John LaBarbera, of the New York City Fire Department.

LaBarbera, one of two New York firefighters leading the public on tours of the museum's various exhibits, said it's especially important that children who were very young, or not born, when the attacks happened learn about them.

“People have to know our history,” he said.

“They have to know we were attacked, and they have to know what the first responders and the New York City firefighters did,” LaBarbera said.

Among those visiting the museum was Rob Barnett.

“I thought it was necessary for him to learn about what happened,” Barnett said of his 9-year old son, Andrew, who joined him at the exhibits.

“I think this is the first time I've really thought about it,” Andrew said. “All I knew about it was that it was a plane crash done by terrorists.”

The museum was free to enter and open to the public from 1 p.m. Until 7 p.m. Monday.

LaBarbera said the traveling museum will next be in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Wednesday.

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