Fort Knox Museum gets 9/11 fire truck

Associated Press Published: October 11, 2012
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"It's a very powerful story," he said. "My job is to get out of the way and let it tell itself."

The Center of Military History offered the truck to the museum in August and it arrived in September.

Before it is exhibited, the truck will be cleaned, drained of its fluids, stabilized where one tire is flat and go through a preservation process that will ensure it looks the same in 50 years as it does now.

"We have a responsibility not only to the past, but to the future," he said.

The museum's purpose is to help train soldiers, so Kolakowski said it's important that troops know the impact that the attacks had.

"I want them to understand and I want them to remember just what 9/11 was," he said. "It was our generation's Pearl Harbor, and I want them to remember what it was to the Army."

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