Monday, October 22, 2012

9-11 New York Fire Engine Headed to Virginia to Live at the Americans in Wartime Museum

Take a look at this fire engine. 

Examine it stem to stern.

Then close your eyes, and see if you can picture what it and its crew endured while in the process of getting so beat up.

Yes, this truck saw hard service on 11 September, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York. It is one of four fire engines that have been recovered and preserved from that infamous day.

The Americans in Wartime Museum has acquired this incredible artifact, and will be put on display when our museum opens. The truck - along with a chunk of WTC steel and an EMS vehicle - will help us honor the men and women who served and sacrificed so much on 9-11. 

The engine arrives this week in Prince William County, Virginia, where it will receive a warm and proper welcome after a somber procession south. You can read more about the vehicle and its resting place here, at the museum website. If you live near Woodbridge, Virginia, you might also want to carve some time to attend the welcome ceremony at our McCoart Center. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m.