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Smithsonian Marks Sept. 11 Anniversary with Unique Display

The Smithsonian museum will mark the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 with a unique display of objects Sept. 3 to Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “September 11: Remembrance and Reflection” will provide visitors with a close-up view of more than 50 objects from New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., as well as new acquisitions from the Transportation Security Administration.

To create an intimate experience for visitors, the objects will be shown on tables rather than behind glass. Objects include airplane fragments, a crushed FDNY fire truck door, a Pentagon building map and various objects recovered from offices. Photos from the museum’s collection provide context.

In December 2001, Congress named the National Museum of American History the nation’s official repository for artifacts related to Sept. 11, 2001. As part of an ongoing collection effort, the museum will accept objects from TSA into the collection during a special ceremony. The display will feature video excerpts from the Smithsonian Channel documentary, 9/11: Stories in Fragments, and a video ABC News made for the museum on the one-year anniversary.

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