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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
Tom Paxton performs "The Bravest."
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Holland & Knight Dedicates
9-11 Memorial Wall
Hundreds of Donors, Dignitaries and Surviving Family Members to NYC
attended the June 2006 event.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
epitomized the immeasurable bravery and selflessness of every member of
the FDNY who died that day," said Holland & Knight Managing Partner
"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."
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
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
You may never have another chance to become a sponsor of a national
memorial. Become a sponsor today.
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.
of all Wall donors
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List of donors
Quotes from donors