Never forget: Tunnel to Towers Sept. 11 mobile exhibit visits Aiken County

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Sep. 18—The fire truck and police vehicles weren't on the scene of an emergency at the Christian Heritage Church, instead, they were making sure that Aiken County never forgets those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The Graniteville-Vaucluse-Warrenville Fire Department partnered with Murphy Auto Group to bring the Tunnel to Towers Sept. 11 Never Forget mobile exhibit to the church located at 285 Ascauga Lake Road near Graniteville .

On Saturday, area residents had an opportunity to visit the exhibit at an event that also featured Aiken County Sheriff's Office vehicles.

Bethany O'Banion, her husband, Clay, and daughter, Kalyn, were among the people going through the exhibit Saturday morning.

Bethany said she wanted to see the exhibit to learn about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

Sept. 11, 2001, was the date of a terrorist attack perpetuated by al Qaeda against the United States. Terrorists flew planes into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and a third plane into the Pentagon.

A fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after the passengers fought back against the terrorists who took control of the plane. It is thought the fourth plane was to strike another federal building in the Washington, D.C., area.

In all, 2,977 (not including the 19 hijackers) people died in the attacks including 343 members of the Fire Department of New York.

"It's very meaningful to us," Bethany said. "I want her to see the importance of what people should do for other people."

The Tunnel to Towers foundation was started in honor of firefighter Stephen Siller.

Siller was one of 343 Fire Department of New York firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

One of the foundation's missions is the mobile exhibit that travels around the country to make sure no one forgets the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and to educate children on the event.

For more information on the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, visit