Remembering the victims - new 9/11 memorial exhibit opens in Washington

Almost ten years after 9/11 a new exhibition featuring artifacts collected from that dreadful day, including mobile phones, aeroplane engines and a New York police car door has opened at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

The museum is putting more artifacts from 9/11 on display that have never previously been seen publically, and many include the personal effects of Irish Americans.

"I think the most powerful pieces here are the most personal," the Newseum’s Cathy Trost told CNN.

"The things that people put in their pockets that morning not knowing that this was going to be a day that changed their lives forever."

The exhibition, entitled the 'War on Terror: The FBI's New Focus,' will exhibit 60 pieces of evidence the FBI had in storage for terror trials. They include pieces of an aeroplane that was not destroyed when it crashed into the World Trade Center in 2001.

A wallet belonging to Irish American woman Ruth McCourt of Connecticut is on show. McCourt was with her four-year-old daughter Juliana on board the second plane that hit the World Trade Center. A picture of the mother and daughter on the beach survived the crash.

"A lot of family members want to make sure there are public displays because they don't want people to forget what they lost that day," Newseum senior vice president Susan Bennett told CNN.

The lost mobile phones still haunt the memories of rescue workers at the scene because they could hear them ringing constantly as desperate loved ones called in the fading hope of them being answered by survivors.


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