Memorial To WTC Victims Dedicated In Brooklyn
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A memorial for Brooklyn victims of the World Trade Center attacks was officially dedicated in a ceremony Monday.
The memorial, which is called "The Beacon," sits on the 69th Street Pier and Shore Road in Bay Ridge. The installation has a clear view of Lower Manhattan.
The 25-foot tall bronze memorial was actually installed on the pier on Wednesday. It's shaped like a speaking trumpet, a megaphone device once used by firefighters to warn people about fires.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the space, also known as the Veteran's Memorial Pier, is the perfect memorial location.
“People have always come here for good times, and they have also come here for bad times,” said the mayor. “It was from here on the morning of 9/11 that hundreds gathered to watch one of the city’s most horrible tragedies unfold before their eyes. It was also used as an evacuation site for people from Lower Manhattan. For decades people looked at the Twin Towers from here as a symbol of strength and power, but that morning those buildings crumbled to the earth and we came to look at each other to find the true source of our strength and our power."
The "Brooklyn Remembers” organization funded the project and chose the design from 45 entries. The winner was Brooklyn artist Robert Ressler.
He says while "The Beacon" itself is a symbol of both the Fire Department and old New York, the memorial represents much more.
“The main thing is the metaphor of what the piece means, and it’s really about people coming together in crisis, and neighbor working with neighbor,” said Ressler.
Ressler also added a special feature to the memorial for the 283 Brooklyn victims; he put lights on top of the trumpet.
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says they will be similar to the annual Tribute in Lights, but on a smaller and more permanent basis.
“It’s a beam. It doesn't stick up as high as the memorial lights that were in Lower Manhattan, but it’s a beam, and it will also glow from the top,” said Benpe.
The memorial will be illuminated Monday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.