Thursday, April 24th, 2014

9-11 artifacts arrive at Motts Military Museum (photos)

Messenger photos by Linda Dillman


Motts Military Museum in Groveport will become home to the second largest collection of artifacts from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the country. Pictured here on March 29 are Military historian Warren Motts, left, and Groveport Police Chief Ralph Portier, right, look at a New York Port Authority vehicle, one of the first to respond to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, as it arrives at Motts Military Museum in preparation for permanent display. Portier said making physical contact with the 9-11 law enforcement artifact was an indescribable, chilling moment and it is fortunate to be able to honor those who perished in such a visual way. A $500,000 addition is planned for Motts Military Museum to house the 9-11 artifacts – including another police vehicle, fire engine, antenna, stairwell, sign, and flooring.

Ernie McQuirt, left, and semi-truck driver Robb Cottle, prepare a piece of the World Trade Center north tower antenna for final delivery to the Motts Military Museum, where it will become part of a permanent display on 9-11. Cottle drove 602 miles with the flatbed filled with artifacts, including marble and granite replacement flooring and a sign indicating directions to the twin towers, from a New York hanger containing other remnants of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

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