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Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in History News

Pentagon 9-11 Fire Truck to be Displayed at Patton Museum

By Media Release

We received the following media release from Fort Knox Garrison Public Affairs:

Fort Knox to Unveil Pentagon 9/11 Fire Truck to be Displayed at Patton Museum

Fort Knox, Ky. – Foam 161 – the fire truck damaged by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon – will be unveiled during Fort Knox’s Patriot Day ceremony in front of the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership here at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 11 as the centerpiece for one of the museum’s new exhibits about leadership.

The vehicle will be displayed in its damaged condition and will be one only of two 9/11 fire trucks on display in a museum.  The wreckage of the truck also served as a flagpole for the first flag flown at the Pentagon after the attack.

The aim of the exhibit will be to serve as a reminder of a fundamental change in the lives of Americans as well as the leadership, duty, sacrifice and honor displayed by first responders in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

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The three firefighters who served on the truck during 9/11 – Alan Wallace, Dennis Young and Mark Skipper – will be at the ceremony and available to speak with attendees following the event.

The general public is invited to attend the ceremony.

On Sept. 10, Foam 161 will be loaded onto a trailer and driven down U.S. Highway 31W from Fort Knox, around the downtown Elizabethtown, Ky., roundabout, and back to Fort Knox from 2 to 4 p.m. Community members are encouraged to line 31W to pay their respects to this piece of American history.

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