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George Bush Library helps remember 9/11

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The George Bush Library will display “Responding to Sept. 11” through September 29th.

A memorial honoring those who died on 9/11 will be in place at the George Bush Presidential Library until Sept. 29.
The display, called “Responding to Sept. 11,” includes items like a World Trade Tower beam, the bullhorn President George W. Bush used at Ground Zero and notes from his impromptu speech.
Jac Morse, a worker at the George Bush Library, said people have come from not only around Bryan-College Station, but also from all over the world to the museum to see the 9/11 display.
“People come from all over, people from around town, but also out of state, we saw a couple from Canada, we have a group in from Ireland today and other states like California,” Morse said.
The museum also owns a piece of a steel beam from the original World Trade Center, which they keep at the memorial for guests to see every year at this time, Morse said.
“It is actually a part of the original tower, which belongs to the museum and they bring it out every year at 9/11,” Morse said.
Joe Coughran, a worker at the museum and a retired Air Force colonel, said it is important for people to see the exhibit because many younger people are unaware of the significance of 9/11.
“The most important reason to come to the memorial is to learn about it, a lot of kids at school don’t have the foggiest idea what 9/11 is,” Coughran said.
Many people don’t really know what 9/11 is and the most important reason for anyone to come to the exhibit is for everyone to learn about the event, Coughran said.
“To me it is something like Pearl Harbor, which was before my time, but I still relate to it because I have been there and I’ve see the vigil and realize the sacrifice made at Pearl Harbor versus the sacrifice made at 9/11,” Coughran said. “You can’t just think about the people killed in the buildings — but the police and fireman who were killed too.”
Stephanie Mazurkiewicz, an Austin native, came with her friends, who were from out of the country, to see the memorial and said she believes it is important for everyone to come to the memorial because it is something no one should ever forget.
“In order for the world and life to go on people need to know what happened, so it does not happen again, how it impacted other, how it brought the United States together and not forget the damage it caused,” Mazurkiewicz said.
Along with the George Bush Library 9/11 display, there will be at least one other location on campus which will honor 9/11.
The university has partnered with the Young America’s Foundation to coordinate the acquisition and placing of 2,977 American flags on the Academic Plaza as a part of the 9/11: Never Forget Project.
“I think it is important that we keep the memory of these people alive, especially for the younger people who don’t remember the day,” Meaghan Sall, the chairwoman of YAF, said.  
Sam Spivey, head of public relations and communications of YAF, said keeping the memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks alive is important.  
“It is easy to forget the cultural impact that day had,” Spivey said. “The day before and the day after 9/11 were incredibly different.”   

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