Get on board with the 9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial
September 11, 2020 | Erick Robertson, 9/11 Memorial
By Darcy Castro
Medic and canine search and rescue trainer Erick Roberts dropped everything to
trek from California to New York just days after the September 11, 2001 attacks,
joining fellow Americans who turned their attention toward volunteering at Ground
Zero at a desperate time of need. These days, Roberts is still training pups for their
important work in search and rescue operations, but he’s also dedicated to
launching a large-scale mobile tribute to 9/11 and first responders, and is working
hard to get funding on track despite massive setbacks due to the pandemic.
“Roberts knows firsthand the impact of the September 11, 2001 attacks on survivors, families of the victims and first responders”
Roberts was one of many selfless first responders that put their own lives on hold to run toward those in need, helping to bring victims out of the rubble, and move the country forward one step at a time when we were collectively frightened and in shock. With his canine partner Porkchop by his side, he volunteered his time over the course of two months in physically and emotionally demanding conditions to aid in the search and rescue effort.
There were approximately 350 dogs that played a critical role at Ground Zero, and these four-legged heroes helped bring closure to the multitude of families waiting to find their missing loved ones. From his time on the frontline, Roberts knows firsthand the impact of the
September 11, 2001 attacks on survivors, families of the victims and first responders. In the years since, he’s become an advocate for our nation’s veterans who took up the call, and the first responders who have suffered debilitating medical conditions as a result of exposure at Ground Zero. His vision to honor and educate is coming to life through a four semi truck trailer mobile museum that will feature a virtual reality experience and educational component that focuses on 9/11 first responders, veterans and the victims of the attacks.
With a plan to launch the 9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial in early 2021, to commemorate the 20 th anniversary of the attacks, Roberts has been hitting the pavement to spread the news about his ambitious plan and raise the funds needed to complete the project. Roberts has created the Traveling Memorial to be more than a traditional museum
or exhibit. Able to visit locations around the continental US, the memorial aims to bring an interactive museum experience to the visitor. It will include an educational kiosk that will also collect personal stories and memories of the experience, a medical resource kiosk focused on first responders and veterans, and a special tribute to the canine responders at Ground Zero.
These days, you’ll find him on the road with his 9/11 Remembered Podcast Tour. The pandemic has put a damper on his fundraising efforts, forcing events to cancel that would have filled the crucial fundraising gap needed to finish production. Roberts has been giving interviews and making personal appearances in order to spread the word while garnering sponsors and support. Large fundraising events that had been planned – like an event with Orange County Choppers and the New York Airshow – have been cancelled, but the effort to raise the needed funds is still top priority for Roberts as he is on the road with the podcast tour.
To join the effort, and help bring the 9/11 Remembered Traveling Memorial to
communities around the country.
Check out www.911RememberedTheTravelingMemorial.org and pledge your support.