The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will visit Saskatoon on July 11 and 12. Photo courtesy of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Saskatoon's final Canada Remembers Our Heroes air show will feature an exhibit that has never been in Canada before.
The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is a 53-foot tractor-trailer that unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit with pieces of the World Trade Center towers, recordings of first responder radio transmissions and tours of the trailer by a father and son team who are firefighters with the New York City Fire Department.
"Dad and his son are going to come here and act as hosts within the exhibit and explain to Canadians and people in our community what 9/11 was really all about that day. It's one thing to watch it on television and to watch documentaries, but to talk to someone face-to-face that was actually there and experienced it, I think it's going to be an incredible experience," Brian Swidrovich, volunteer director of the air show, said.
The exhibit was created as part of a foundation started in memory of New York City firefighter, Stephen Siller, who died on September 11, 2001. The trailer has travelled across the U.S., but this will be its first time in Canada.
Swidrovich said because of the significance of the trailer, it is formally escorted to its place of display.
"When it reaches a specific city where it's going to be on display, it is met outside the city limits by law enforcement, fire and protective services, emergency personnel, military and it's formally escorted ... as a sign of respect for the fallen lives," Swidrovich said.
Saskatoon fire chief, Dan Paulsen, said this exhibit gives people in Saskatchewan an opportunity to remember the lives lost on 9/11, but also the sacrifices made by first responders all the time.
"It brings forward the dedication, service and sacrifice that all emergency responders have given. It's historically, it's not just a singular event. It's something that continues to go on," Paulsen said.
Swidrovich said this will be the final year for the air show because of a variety of challenges including financial concerns and development around the area where the show is hosted.
The air show will also feature the Snowbirds, the SkyHawks parachute team, a CF-18 Hornet demonstration, monster truck rides, Ferrari and Lamborghini rides as well as many displays inside the race track area.
The air show is scheduled for July 11-12 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon. Admission is free for all veterans and spouses and Canadian Forces Members with military I.D.