The 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Join Honor365 as we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in 2021 beginning on January 22, 2021 in Utah and ending on September 12, 2021 in New York.
Follow us on our website, our Honor365 Facebook page, and Instagram (@honorvet365) as we tour across the nation and those we are collaborating with, including The Honor Network (U.S. Honor Flag), Red Roof, Strive, Sandman Studios Entertainment, and Saville Creations.
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Story About Daan van der Steijn, Creator, from Deurne, The Netherlands
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 hometown and several European cities.
Currently, 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 volunteer firefighter in Deurne in 1920 until 1948. Daan started as a firefighter in 2020 and that is exactly 100 years between Harrie and Daan. Daan’s cousin, Jorn van de Waarsenburg (also team member of the 9/11 Exhibit), and two other family members are with the fire department of Deurne. Daan is currently with the Dutch Firefighter Academy and will officially become a firefighter in 2022.
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