Photo (from left): Capt. Peter Wright and retired NYC Firefighter, Denis McCafferty
That is Brad Morgan, Nashville recording artist and Manning native who joined a crowd of others Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, as Highway 141 in Manning was flanked by those American Flags from the edge of town to the center, where the 9/11 “Never Forget” Mobile Exhibit was parked. Created and funded by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the exhibit honors those who paid the ultimate price—the 414 New York firefighters, police officers and first responders and the more than 2,600 others who died that day. The mobile exhibit houses photos, artifacts and more from the twin Towers of the World Trade Center that collapsed after both were struck by hijacked planes in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. More importantly, it tells the stories that changed our country forever. Manning Police Chief, Sam Hansen, was responsible for bringing forward the idea to invite the exhibit to stop in Manning as it was already scheduled to be in our area. He says this was a great opportunity for the community to showcase the patriotism and support for these first responders, as well as those in Manning and across the country.
Capt. Peter Wright was a lieutenant with the New York Fire Department in 2001, and was working that day. He says the towers were already down when his unit arrived and they went in to do searches. That first shift, and the first three months, were grueling as responders were tasked with doing the toughest job in the world.
Retired New York City Firefighter, Denis McCafferty, says working in that environment took an emotional toll on all of the rescue and recovery workers.
The 9/11 Never Forget free Mobile Exhibit will be making their next stop in Jefferson at Wild Rose Casino Resort, beginning with a caravan into town on Friday, June 30. Local law enforcement officials from Perry and Greene County as well as firefighters from the entire region will travel 31 miles from Perry to Jefferson beginning at noon along Highway 141 and Highway 4. The event will be at the casino through the Fourth of July. Photos, poems and musical tributes from the opening ceremonies in Manning can be found below.
Grace Daiker “National Anthem”:
Ron McKay (Painting in photos below) and Dan Rosonke “Fallen Heroes”:
Craig Moeller “9-11”:
Brad Kusel with Tom Ulrickson on accompianment: “God Bless the USA”:
Brad Morgan “An Arm and a Leg”:
Many of these photos are courtesy of Jean Stadtlander