FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings pays tribute to veterans with its Fort Fest this weekend.
There are several new items at the annual Fort Fest event, the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit and the 9/11 Angels Memorial Cars featuring Kevyn “Rafterman” Howard, from the movie, “Full Metal Jacket.”
“I didn’t realize this, the two 9/11 exhibits, they’ve never been in the same place, ever. So we’re actually the first site in the nation to host them concurrently which is really quite an honor because they’ve both heard of each other, but they’ve never co existed at the same event. So to bring both of them in is really, really special,” said Wes Klir, Fort Fest chairman.
The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit comes from New York and is a traveling museum display that memorializes Steven Siler, one of the first responder victims at the 9/11 disaster. There are artifacts from the Twin Towers, firefighting memorabilia used at the scene and firefighting equipment and gear.
“It’s also traveling with members of the FDNY Fire Department that were on the scene that day. These gentlemen escort the public through the exhibit,” said Klir. “It’s pretty neat.”
The 9/11 Angel Memorial race cars are out of Vegas and are two Chevy Camaro police cars which are adorned with the names of all the victims of the twin towers.
Other activities include Huey helicopters offering flights, the 1812 re-enactment, wine tasting, a car show and bands. Not to be forgotten is the fair food and snacks.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.