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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.
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And we must realize that we always have a tremendous opportunity to turn this act of hate into an act of hope. The rest of the world can take a page from Brooklyn, because we are the proud home to everyone from everywhere. And we’ve proven we will continue living peacefully as one.

- Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President

Foreword, Heroes

The words of a beautiful song state, ”There are people with hearts of stone, and there are stones with hearts of people.” The Wall of Remembrance enables us to stand together in a sacred space remembering  those whose hearts overflowed with love and whose courageous hands reached out to the many they tried to save on that day. Their selfless sacrifice is the story of hope in the midst of horror

- Rabbi Joseph Potasnik,

FDNY Chaplain

Excerpt from Heroes

Looking back, the sun was so bright that day, the air still warm with the last of summer, and the first hints of fall. It was a beautiful September day, a day, that for New Yorkers in particular, and for Americans and people of good will  the world over, will  always be remembered, not for the beauty of the day, but its tragedy. For the first time in almost two hundred years, war had come to us.

- Suzanne Spellen, narrative

Excerpt from Heroes

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