On display September 1, 2021 – January 2, 2022
This exhibit remembers and honors the 2,977 people killed in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, including the first responders and courageous men and women that risked and sacrificed their own lives to save others. The names of each of these individuals, along with their location at the time of the attack, cover the gallery walls with an 11-foot section of a World Trade Center i-Beam at the center.
As part of the exhibit, the museum will also offer public programs that include age-appropriate activities that highlight first responders, our military and more.
- Guest Book: Visitors may leave their name and a brief sentiment or reflection about September 11, 2001. Upon closing of the exhibit, the guest book will be donated to the National 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
- Survivor Tree: A single pear tree was discovered buried in the rubble at Ground Zero. Burned and badly damaged, it surprisingly showed signs of life. After being transported for special care, it grew from eight to 30 feet tall. Returned to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in 2010, it still stands as a living reminder of the nation’s shared strength and resiliency. At Lone Star Flight Museum, visitors of all ages can draw or write a message of hope on a leaf that will be added to our symbolic tree. More on the Survivor Tree here.
- What Happened on 9/11: Watch a short, 10 minute video in the Orientation Theater that chronicles the timeline of 9/11 and stories of two brave survivors.
In recognition of Patriot’s Day, on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, all first responders and their families received free admission. Attendees took part in special programming that included an inspiring presentation by Billy Forney, native Houstonian and 9/11 survivor, a Virtual Talk with the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum and other activities.
This original LSFM exhibit is presented by The Gary Sinise Foundation and supported by Morgan Stanley, Silver Eagle Distributors Houston, and the City of Bellaire.
Museum President and CEO Lt. Gen. (ret.) Doug Owens reflected on the planning it took to make this exhibit possible. “I am proud to say that our commitment to honor and remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with this exhibit has been a community effort. The Gary Sinise Foundation led the way to ensure this exhibit became a reality along with Morgan Stanley and Silver Eagle Distributors Houston. And we are honored and humbled to display the I-Beam on behalf of the City of Bellaire and thank each of the companies that were part of creating a beautiful display for the beam. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support.” He added, “Our hope is this exhibit continues the dialog about what happened on 9/11, how we came together as a country and most importantly, never forget the innocent people, first responders and real-life heroes that lost their lives that day.”
“The Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to present this essential exhibit on the 20th anniversary of 9/11,” said Ricardo Chavira, the foundation’s Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “9/11 occupies pivotal ground at the Gary Sinise Foundation. While watching the terrorist attacks unfold on television from his home in Los Angeles, Gary Sinise resolved to utilize his good fortune, network, and celebrity to support our nation’s military men and women and our community first responders. The attacks that September day became a pivotal step in his journey from self to service, and this exhibit is another essential reminder of how important our defenders are to the safety and security of our nation.”
The 11-foot section of the World Trade Center I-beam is on loan from the City of Bellaire. The beam was donated by the Rubenstein Family Foundation to the City of Bellaire to enable its leaders to share this piece of American history with the community. The following companies graciously donated their services to this project. Steel for the I-Beam cradle and logistics were provided by Metaltech Service Center, Sling Shot Delivery Service and Stars and Stripes Transport transported the beam from Bellaire, and Premium Fabrication produced the cradle that will house the WTC I-Beam within the museum gallery.
This exhibit will be FREE for school groups and homeschool groups/families that book a field trip with the museum. They will also be given access to grade appropriate, pre and post visit classroom activities and curriculum for teachers to share with their students. Curriculum covers grades Pre-K-12.
Never Forget: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 is included with a general admission ticket and free to museum members. Become a member.