Edison Festival of Light brings new 9/11 exhibit

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- This weekend marks the big Edison Festival of Light Parade. It starts at 7 p.m. at Fort Myers High School and continues through downtown.

This year’s festival also features a special exhibit to honor 9/11 first responders. The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will be located at the Sam Galloway Ford Dealership on Boy Scout Road. Visitors can tour for free. Galloway was instrumental in partnering with the Edison Festival of Light to bring the exhibit to Southwest Florida. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Edison Festival will honor America’s Bravest on a special tribute float, featuring local veteran Corey Kent, at the Grand Parade on Saturday night.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the memory of Stephen, a New York City firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.

The mobile exhibit serves as a tribute to those who sacrificed on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is aimed at educating all ages about the historic events of that day. The high-tech, 53-foot tractor- trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, serves as a poignant reminder of that tragic day.

The memorial provides interactive education; including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, recordings of first responder radio transmissions and live tours by FDNY firefighters. Entrance into the exhibit is always free of charge.

Thursday, Feb. 19 – Sam Galloway Ford – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20 – Harborside Event Center – 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.,

Saturday, Feb. 21 – Harborside Event Center – Noon – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 22 – Harborside Event Center – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information on all of the festival events, visit: http://edisonfestival.org/

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