The World Trade Center 9/11 Exhibit

Meet 19-year-old Dan van der Steijn,

artist and creator of the World Trade Center Memorial Project. We at Honor365 are asking for your help to make a dream come true for Daan. A dream to showcase his incredible replica of the World Trade Center Plaza on a tour of the United States leading up to the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in 2021, ultimately placing it in a permanent home in New York City.

When Daan reached out to us at Honor365 for our support, we knew immediately that his exhibit aligned with our mission to support mental wellness for first responders and veterans. This project exemplifies our tagline for this exhibit, “Remembering the One, Remembering Them All.”

The incredibly detailed exhibit has already delighted and healed tens of thousands of visitors in five European cities. Now, Honor365 hopes to help Daan display the exhibit in the United States to raise money and awareness to support the mental health of veterans and first responders. It is also an opportunity to highlight international peace and solidarity in remembrance of a day that impacted so many lives.

We need your help to raise money to:

  • Carefully crate, transport, and ship the exhibit from The Netherlands to Honor365’s home base in Utah.
  • Set up the first exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Pay for travel expenses for Daan to attend and speak at exhibitions in Utah..
  • Create a video documentary of the journey to show at the exhibitions.

Please help us make Daan’s dream a reality as we work to raise awareness and provide support and honor our first responders.

Daan’s Story:

It’s September 11, 2001. A mother in The Netherlands is feeding her 3-month old son watching the news when images that would become ingrained in the minds of billions of people began flashing on the screen: two airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the unimaginable destruction and loss of life that followed.

Flash forward ten years and the family is watching the documentary “102 minutes that changed America” on Dutch television on September 11 – an event that became a ritual every year. The boy is captivated not only by the images, but by the heroic efforts of the first responders on the scene. It feels personal, with the boy’s great-grandfather, cousin, and two other family members serving in the fire department.

By age 14, an idea begins to formulate in the teen’s mind. As an aspiring and talented woodworker and artist, he wondered if he could make a replica of the World Trade Center Plaza before the destruction. Thus began a four year journey. Daan’s incredible replica took countless hours of painstaking research and labor to build.

Many would have given up, but as Daan says, “The tragedy touched me deeply and it seemed unreal to see two passenger airplanes fly into the World Trade Center and kill that many people. I wanted to create a project as a memorial to all that passed away.”

By age 19, Daan had completed the stunning replica and, with the help of local partners in The Netherlands and Europe, began offering the exhibit in his home town and several European cities.

Daan’s passion and drive doesn’t stop there! Daan is pursuing training to become a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Deurne in the Netherlands. Daan says he wants to become a firefighter to do his part to serve his community, to be able to help people and animals in emergency situations, and to help fight big fires. Seems this passion runs in his family and is in his blood! Daan’s great-grandfather, Harrie van der Steijn, used to be a firefighter in Deurne in the early 1900’s and Daan’s cousin and two other family members are with the fire department. Daan will attend the Dutch Firefighter Academy in October 2020 and will officially become a firefighter in 2022.

Please help us make this incredible young man’s dream to exhibit his project in the United States come true!

 

HOW TO HELP

In February 2020, Honor365 was gifted Daan’s World Trade Center Memorial Project to the United States of America with full support from Attorney General Sean Reyes, State of Utah.  The project is now called the World Trade Center 9/11 Exhibit.   

Your donations will help offset the costs associated for this amazing exhibit and mental wellness programs for veterans, first responders, and their families.

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