The exhibit is a labor of love by a local resident who helped the recovery efforts at Ground Zero
Winter Garden resident Norman Rein worked at Ground Zero with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team for five weeks after 9/11. He spent more than five years collecting news clippings, documentation and momentos that make up the Remembrance 9/11 Tribute Exhibit.
This free exhibit is set up in Council Chambers, Sept. 8 to 11, at Winter Garden City Hall - the place it was unveiled 10 years ago. More than 200 pieces of memorabilia and 50 collages are arranged in a timeline spanning the attacks, investigations and memorials. There is a special area honoring all first responders and essential industries, and posters made by school children decorate walls and tables throughout the room.
Norman Rein created the exhibit to honor the past but also to emphasize the need to learn from it.
“We’re exposed to the potential for something like this to happen again,” Rein said. “We have to look back at history to know what the future might be.”