9/11. The very date brings back a flood of emotions to most Americans.
"Remember what you were doing, where you were, and how much of an impact it made on you," said Minnesota State Fire Marshal Bruce West.
The impact of the tragedy was also felt in Dodge County, as the county now has a place to remember the fallen.
The 9/11 Never Forget traveling museum officially opened at the Dodge County Free Fair on Wednesday. It features remnants of the World Trade Center an destroyed in the disaster, as well as real NYFD firefighters who lived to tell the tale.
"You could see the devastation," said NYFD firefighter Jimmy Lanza. "Having worked down there and knowing how many people are in the building, it really starts taking it's toll."
Most of all, the firefighters wanted to remember the lives of those who didn't make it. That includes Stephen Siller, the firefighter whose name is on the foundation behind the museum, who ran through the blocked Battery Tunnel with 60 pounds of gear during 9/11 before dying during his rescue attempt."
"You knew when you saw him he was going to be something special," said NYFD firefighter Danny Prince. Like Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle or Babe Ruth. He had that firefighting ability."
While 9/11 was an American tragedy, the mission of the exhibit is that better to remember it than to forget.
"Somebody said if you don't remember history it's doomed to repeat itself," said Lanza. "We have to remember that this happened and it can happen again."
The exhibit will be open here at the Dodge County Free Fair until Sunday, after which it will be on the move to Rock Island, Illinois. However, it will make more stops in Minnesota next month, with visits to Sauk Rapids and Fairmont planned in August.