Firemen's Monument - September 11th Tribute
1,170 New York City Firefighters have died in the line of duty since 1865 when the City officially took control of the volunteer department. Of those deaths, 343 perished between 9:59 and 10:28am on September 11th, 2001, during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. This Sunday, September 11, 2016, marks the 15th anniversary of that tragic day. As the sister and niece of 2 retired members of the FDNY, I would like to dedicate this post to all the brave firefighters who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.
Each Fall, a ceremony is held to honor the fallen at the site of the Firemen’s Memorial at 100th Street and Riverside Drive. This grand monument, designed by H. Van Buren Magonigle and the accompanying sculptures depicting heroism, duty and sacrifice, created by Alttilio Piccirlli was dedicated in 1913. In 1927, a bronze tablet was added to remember the horses, which in earlier years, pulled the fire department’s engines. Carved on the wall facing East reads:
To the men of the fire department
of the city of New York
who died at the call of duty
soldiers in a war that never ends
this memorial is dedicated
by the people of a grateful city
Tribute may also be paid at the 9/11 Memorial located at the former site of the Trade Center as well as the 9/11 Memorial Room located in the New York City Fire Museum at 278 Spring Street. Visitors to the Trade Center can view the names of all 2,977 victims inscribed on the two memorials that surround the pools where the buildings stood. The names of all the first responders are grouped together on the wall of the South pool. At the NYC Fire Museum, the names and pictures of all 343 firefighters are displayed on a black marble and tile memorial.
For more on The Firemen’s Memorial:
For more on the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero:
For more on the NYC Fire Museum: http://www.nycfiremuseum.org/gallery_page.cfm?alias=permanent-ex-911
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