The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance in KeySpan Park stands as a graceful and beautiful tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11th, 2001. Three 30 x 12 panels form the Coney Island memorial, containing the laser-engraved images of 346 Firefighters, 37 Port Authority Officers, 23 NYC Police Officers, 3 NYS Officers, 1 Fire Patrol, First responders and 1 K-9 Rescue dog named Sirus. Touched by the magnitude of their sacrifice, Brooklyn-born and raised Sol Moglen conceived of the idea for a memorial commemorating the loss of Brooklyn Firefighters. He also recognized the particular despair of those families whose loved ones were never found. The Wall of Remembrance gives them a place to come, where the Lost are honored and recognized.
Shortly after 9/11, Sol presented his idea of a memorial wall to FDNY Chaplain Rabbi Joseph Potasnik. Over a third of the firefighters lost that day were from Brooklyn, and Brooklyn should honor them, he said. The Rabbi and many others agreed. Peter Kasten of New Hyde Park, L.I.-based U.S. Bronze Sign Co. worked with Sol to come up with the original design. Everyone involved agreed that the images would be placed on the wall according to their companies. "They went in as a team, and we kept them as a team," said Moglen. Sol, along with Peter Kasten and dozens of other volunteers, began raising the more than $140,000 needed. The project has special meaning for Kasten. Firefighter Chris Pickford, killed on Sept. 11, was Kasten's best friend growing up.
On the Wall, their portraits form a powerful, unforgettable testament, eloquently reminding us these are real people behind the names and numbers of September 11.