9/11 Monument on Display at Washington Co. Fair

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A traveling 9/11 memorial came to the Washington County Fair on Sunday. More than $10,000 was raised to cover the cost for the memorial to come to the fair.

Billy Buckets manages the memorial. He says some of that money will go to building smart homes for amputee veterans.

He says of the houses, "They operate from an IPad, where they can control their lightings, some doors, draperies, even their kitchen cabinets will lower, and they can get anything they need sitting in their wheelchairs."

The memorial has pieces of the World Trade Center. It also has information on all of the 9/11 attacks. Some firefighters who responded to the attacks at the World Trade Center gave tours of the exhibit, and told stories.

Carol Horning of Washington County started the fundraiser to bring the memorial to the fair. She says it is a good way to honor those who serve. She also says it’s a good learning experience.

She says, "A lot of us have lived through 9/11, but our kids haven't. I think it's really important to educate our youth on why we fight, why we stand up for our country, and I don't think some of the young kids understand that."

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