Discovery Park of America to Host Temporary Exhibit in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Union City, Tenn.Discovery Park of America will be one of the host locations for a temporary exhibit, “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World.” The exhibit recounts the events of September 11, 2001, through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s permanent collection. It will be on display during the month of September 2021.

Additionally, local Union City firefighters will once again be partnering with Discovery Park on Sept. 11, 2021, to host the annual 9/11 Stair Climb, held in conjunction with The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, as a way to pay tribute to those who were lost in the terrorist attacks. Because this year marks the 20th anniversary of the attack, organizers anticipate a large number of firefighters, police, EMS and military personnel from throughout the region to join them at the Union City, Tenn., museum and heritage park.

“September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World” will be located in Art Hall at the museum. It presents the history of 9/11, its origins and its ongoing implications.

“Twenty years after the attacks, with terrorism still a threat today, the events of 9/11 and its aftermath remind us that we may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but we do have control over how we respond to such events,” said Jennifer Wildes, Discovery Park’s senior director of collections and exhibits. “Whether by volunteering in our local communities, serving our nation in the military, caring for the sick or through other efforts, all of us can help build the world in which we want to live.”

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, killed 2,184 civilians, 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers and 10 EMS workers. Many others have died from medical complications in the years since.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is located in New York City on the sight where the Twin Towers sat before the attack. It offers visitors the ability to learn factual information about the events, the unprecedented rescue and recovery operations and the rebuilding of both Lower Manhattan and of people’s lives. The Museum presents videos, artifacts and “Person to Person History,” linking visitors who want to understand the historic events of 9/11 with those who experienced them.

The temporary exhibit provided by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will be on display at Discovery Park through September 2021 and is free with admission or membership.

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