New Children’s Book Details Journey of our 9/11 Memorial Steel Beam
Join Us for a Community Celebration: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10am War Memorial Center Veteran’s Gallery
The War Memorial Center is home to Milwaukee’s 9/11 Memorial—a 7-foot-long steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11—and now a new children’s book will detail how that beam was acquired and brought back to Milwaukee. The Little White Truck With The Big Mission was written by Mollie Manhattan who wanted the story memorialized for future generations. “I had no idea Milwaukee even had a 9/11 Memorial. Then I heard the story of how a Vietnam Veteran and a retired Milwaukee Fire Department Battalion Chief went on this whirlwind 48 hour journey to drive a little white truck to New York City to get the artifact. They were met by hundreds of Patriot Guard motorcycle riders who escorted them from the state line all the way to the beam’s new home at the War Memorial. It’s such a patriotic story.” Many of the veterans, police and firefighters who were there for the original dedication of the 9/11 Memorial steel will be in attendance, including Joe Campbell and Mark Fox who drove the truck to NYC and co-wrote the book. Patriot Guard, Axemen, and other motorcycle riders will also gather for the event.
The book will be available for purchase for $15. Patriotic gourmet cookies will be sold for $5. All proceeds benefit On Purpose Journey, a non-profit group that empowers those who serve and helps military personnel transition from combat to their communities. On Purpose Journey is also fund raising to get these books into as many Wisconsin schools as possible.
- Click here to Order a Copy of The Little White Truck With The Big Mission
- Visit our 9/11 Memorial page