MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — On Friday, the 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit arrived at Patriots Point. The grand opening recognize first responders and heard the story of a local man, Chevalo Wilsondibriano, who was a New York City firefighter on September 11, 2001.
WIlsondibriano says, “We can never forget it because we feel it every time we breathe. Every time we take a deep breath, with the type of lung injuries and ailments that have come over the first responders that da,y and from the campaign of being in there in New York we all live with it.”
First responders had the first opportunity to walk through the mobile exhibit. It started Friday morning with a caravan of first responders leading the exhibit to Patriots Point.
“Mt. Pleasant Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Leon Lantangne says, “We had a lot of passerby’s, especially on the bridge stop, we had some standing at attention, waving, so it’s touching to everyone involved.”
And now, just steps away from the USS Yorktown, is another piece of American history.
Assistant Chief Lantangne says, “9/11 was pretty devastating for both the fire community, police community, and a whole lot of civilians. And for us to be involved in bringing it in is truly an honor.”
The exhibit is 1,100 square feet and will be at Patriots Point through the weekend. Local firefighters took pride in helping to assemble it.
Mt. Pleasant Fire Department Captain Edward Gramling says, “At the end of the day, if there’s a firefighter injured or loss of life in another part of the nation, we feel it. This is one big family. We feel a direct connection with everyone in departments across the entire nation, so it’s definitely emotional.”
The museum has artifacts from the day the twin towers fell, like steel beams from the structure, and the door panel of Ladder 101, a company which lost all of its firefighters on 9/11.
Capt. Gramling says, “We’re getting to the point where there’s a lot of young people who weren’t around when 9/11 occurred, and I think this is a great reminder of what our country endured and unified through.”
New York City firefighters will give guided tours through the mobile exhibit. It will be at Patriots Point Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5.