Local citizens in Watseka and Iroquois County can Step, STAND, Salute while showing "Character Still Counts" on Thursday, October 16. That's when the Tunnel to Towers Foundation 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit arrives in Watseka for a weekend display. Several visitors are expected to show their patriotism while touring the exhibit at the downtown First Trust & Savings Bank parking lot.
The exhibit is a tribute to those lives lost in the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States. There's special recognition to the 343 New York City Fire department members who lost their lives making the ultimate sacrifice protecting others.
The City of Watseka and the Watseka Park District have partnered to bring the exhibit to the local area. Students, teachers, first responders and the public are invited to be part of an educational and learning experience while the 53-foot mobile trailer is on display Friday through Sunday. Several other notable events adn speakers will welcome visitors. The Watseka Masons and the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce offer respective events. The Iroquois County Republican Women's Club also hosts its annual First Responder Celebration Sunday, honoring all area first response teams.
The mobile exhibit is expected to arrive via Route 24 from Indiana about 3 pm Thursday, according to Park District Executive Director Sherry Johnson. Citizens are welcome to greet its arrival by lining Route 24 on the east side of Watseka. Johnson said the city and volunteers are to be commended for the flags displayed along the main route throughout the city.
The mobile exhibit presenters will spend about three hours setting up the display. Tours will be available for students and teachers Friday. Public tours will be conducted Saturday and Sunday. Visitors are urged to be aware of local road closings and restricted parking near the exhibit display.