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The Wall is unveiled as members of Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10 remove the panels.
 


Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani addresses the crowd. "It's very hard coming here."
 


The memorial elicits powerful emotions as family members and friends of lost loved ones recall the events of 9-11.
 


Attendees crowd the Wall to get a closer look at the memorial. Some made rubbings of the names on paper.
 


Tom Paxton performs "The Bravest." (Click here to listen to "The Bravest")
 

 

Holland & Knight Dedicates
9-11 Memorial Wall

Hundreds of Donors, Dignitaries and Surviving Family Members to NYC attended the June 2006 event.

In a ceremony punctuated by dignitary appearances and attended by hundreds of surviving family members of New York City Firefighters who died on Sept. 11, the 9-11 Memorial Wall was formally unveiled and presented to the NYC Fire Department. The dedication, held June 10, marks the fourth anniversary of the conclusion of Fire Department recovery operations at Ground Zero.

 The memorial wall a 56-foot long, six-foot high bronze bas-relief sculpture believed to be the largest of its kind in North America was a striking backdrop to the weekend's events. Firm leaders and government officials shared remarks between the stirring musical selections, performed by the Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street; Tom Paxton (who performed "The Bravest"); FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums; and FDNY Firefighter Danny Walker. President George W. Bush and New York Gov. George Pataki addressed the crowd via video presentations. Jay Winuk, brother of Holland & Knight Partner and volunteer firefighter Glenn Winuk, spoke poignantly on behalf of the Winuk family.

Lawyers and staff, along with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, took part in the historic occasion that paid tribute to the 343 members of the NYC Fire Department as well as Glenn Winuk, all of whom died on that tragic day. 

 "We are deeply grateful to Holland & Knight for this extraordinary gift that will be on permanent display for all to see and remember," said Commissioner Scoppetta. "We are profoundly touched that so many of the firm's lawyers and staff chose this very personal way to recognize not only their colleague, Glenn Winuk, and the brave members of this Department who died on 9-11, but also those who continue to protect the citizens of New York City every day. We are honored." 

Heroism Inspires Nationwide Campaign 

On Sept. 11, when two hijacked airplanes were deliberately flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Glenn a volunteer firefighter and EMT ran out of his office toward the burning buildings to help. Like so many others, Glenn lost his life in an act that could only be described as truly heroic.

 Inspired by those events, lawyers and staff throughout the firm's offices began a grassroots campaign to build a tribute dedicated to Glenn and the 343 members of the FDNY who perished.

 The completed memorial wall depicts FDNY members responding to the scene on Sept. 11 and honors those who responded as well as those who continued to work on-site until recovery operations were completed. A listing of active Fire Department members lost on 9-11 is displayed on the sculpture by rank (in alphabetical order) and includes each member's company number. A timeline of major milestone events pertaining to attacks and the Department's rescue and recover effort also is incorporated into the base of the rendering. An inscription on its upper portion reads, "Dedicated to those who fell and to those who carry on May we never forget."

 The memorial was designed by the Rambusch Company, a New Jersey firm of artisans which opened in 1898 and specializes in ecumenical metal work, stained glass and lighting.

 "Glenn epitomized the immeasurable bravery and selflessness of every member of the FDNY who died that day," said Holland & Knight Managing Partner Howell Melton. "While we cannot begin to understand the loss that Glenn's family and the family members of the NYC Fire Department endured that day, we hope that they accept our gift of this memorial in their honor. I am proud and humbled by the involvement of so many of our lawyers, staff, clients and friends of the firm who made this tribute possible."

 

 

Background

In fall of 2002, the New York City Fire Department accepted Holland & Knight's offer to fund and build a national memorial to the 343 Fire Fighters who perished on September 11, 2001, in the form of a memorial wall. The memorial is dedicated to Glenn J. Winuk, Holland & Knight partner and volunteer firefighter. Glenn gave his life on September 11, 2001 attempting to save others at the World Trade Center, just steps away from Holland & Knight's New York office.

The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation established the New York city Firefighter Memorial Wall Fund and began accepting donations and pledges from partners and staff members within the firm of Holland & Knight. These gifts were added to the remainder of the Ice Fund which had been established at Ground Zero.  

The Wall's location is at the Fire Station known as Ladder 10/Station 10 ("Ten House"), directly across the street from the site of the World Trade Center, and one block from Holland & Knight's office. This station served as the commander center of recovery operations on September 11th. The 343 firefighters, including 5 from Ten House, were lost just steps away. Later, Ten House was used as a rest and recuperation station as well as a command post for fire department operations at the site.

Master artisan, Rambusch Studios, which has been in the architectural and design business since 1898, was the contractor for the project. The Wall is a bas relief made of solid bronze and will be cast in Brooklyn, New York. It is 56 feet in length and approximately 6 feet high, and depicts one of the most successful rescue operations in history. The memorial wall includes every lost firefighter's name engraved into the bronze and sculpted scenes of their valiant, life saving efforts that day.

You may never have another chance to become a sponsor of a national memorial. Become a sponsor today.

Leslie Shapiro Memorial Donors Contribute To Wall:
In honor of the life of Leslie Shapiro, father of partner Stephen Shapiro (DC), eleven generous friends made donations to support our ongoing efforts to light and maintain the Memorial Wall. Adding to their donations was more generosity from the DC office of Holland & Knight.

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9/11 Memorial Wall Dedication Video

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LINKS:

List of donors

Quotes from donors

Memorial Gifts

Pledge Form