The Port Authority Police World Trade Center Traveling Memorial, Inc. is a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of New Jersey. The Traveling Memorial consists of a Motorhome, respectfully transformed into a Memorial on wheels emblazoned with the names of 37 Port Authority Police Officers, 38 Civilian Employees of the Port Authority, 23 New York City Police Officers, and, Sirius, the Port Authority Police K-9 who died on that tragic day. ALL HEROES! It is also a Mobile Exhibit containing an extensive pictorial display, a video documentary, and numerous genuine artifacts recovered from the site of the World Trade Center known as Ground Zero, including police car doors, airplane fragments, and, much more. The Memorial is a tribute to all victims including those at The Pentagon, and the four hijacked aircraft,
It is truly a tribute to all those who tragically lost their lives, with special dedication to the 37 Port Authority Police Officers who died that day. This was the largest loss sustained by any police department on a single call in American history!
To honor the memory of all who were lost on September 11, 2001. It is a Tribute to all those who lost their lives on that day, including all uniformed services who responded. It enables the general public all over this country to experience in some small way the immeasurable sacrifice made by those who lost their lives on 9/11. To provide factual information about the Port Authority of NY & NJ, who built, owned and operated The World Trade Center, and a history of events, and, most importantly, TO KEEP THE MEMORY ALIVE!
Who started it:
It was founded by Retired Port Authority Police Lieutenant Chester Weekes, who generously offered his Motorhome to be used as The Traveling Memorial and Retired Lieutenant Gene Smith, who volunteered his time, talent and experience as they travel across America. Both volunteered in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero, and, have first-hand knowledge of the devastation and massive loss.
Where did we travel:
The Traveling Memorial visited locations across the country hosted by civic, municipal, social and corporate organizations that are able to accommodate the motorhome and an 50' x 50' display. We traveled over 125,000 miles, visited twenty-eight (28) states and setting up our exihib at over eighty (80) locations.
Lt. Chester A. Weekes (PAPD Ret.)
Lt. Gene Smith (PAPD Ret.)
Port Authority NY&NJ Police World Trade Center Traveling Memorial
ENDORSED BY ALL PORT AUTHORITY OF NY&NJ POLICE ASSOCIATIONS