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Houston Baptist University 9/11 exhibit opens

The exhibit will host a robust assortment of paintings, together with images and flyers posted of these lacking after the Twin Towers fell.

HOUSTON — September 11, 2001. 

A sunny cloudless morning in Manhattan, the unthinkable occurred.

A aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center. 

It was one in every of 4 hijacked planes a part of a daring assault that introduced the nation to its knees. Nearly 3,000 folks died. 

To mark the twenty first anniversary, Houston Baptist University is internet hosting the Ground Zero 360 Exhibit, titled “Remembrance.”

The exhibit will host a robust assortment of paintings, together with images, flyers posted of these lacking after the Twin Towers fell, messages scrawled within the mud and a chunk of metal from the towers.

“She was always the life of the party,” Jim Smith mentioned. 

Smith just lately visited the exhibit to see the portray of his spouse Moira. They have been each New York City cops. Moira died within the second tower.

“She was down in the lobby and someone came down and said a woman was having an asthma attack on the third floor and couldn’t make it down. She went up to the third floor to get the woman when the building came down,” Smith mentioned.

The couple’s daughter was simply 2 years outdated on the time. 

Smith mentioned he tries not to consider the lack of his spouse. 

“I try to remember her life, to celebrate life, celebrate her heroism, talk about the good times. For me, it works. Maybe it’s denial but it’s got me going for the last 21 years,” he mentioned. 

Patrick Jackson is on the town to honor and bear in mind his brother-in-law Kevin O’Rourke. He was one in every of 343 firefighters killed. 

“From the time we were kids, there was nothing more that Kevin wanted to do than be a firefighter,” Jackson mentioned. “I miss everything about him, the sad part is that I didn’t realize how much I would miss that until after he was gone, that how would you say …you take things for granted.. and after that, I have never taken it for granted again.”

Jackson and Smith go to 9/11 displays each year. While they admit it’s troublesome to relive the tragedy, they need to remind everybody of the sacrifice and braveness of first responders. 

One Houston artist mentioned it greatest, “Life is temporary, heroes are forever.” 

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