On September 11, 2001 when two hijacked airplanes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Holland & Knight's New York partner, volunteer firefighter and EMT Glenn J. Winuk ran out of his office at 195 Broadway, across the street from the World Trade Center site, and toward the burning buildings to help. Like so many others, he died that morning.
Inspired by those events, lawyers and staff throughout Holland & Knight's offices nationwide began a grassroots campaign to build a tribute dedicated to Glenn and the 343 members of the New York City Fire Department who perished that day. The campaign, which was coordinated through the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, will culminate in just a few weeks, with the completion of an extraordinary 9/11 memorial - a bas-relief sculpture, 56 feet long and six feet high, made of solid bronze, depicting FDNY members responding to the scene on September 11.
The 9/11 memorial, believed to be the largest bas-relief sculpture in North America, will be presented by Holland & Knight as a gift to the New York City Fire Department at a dedication ceremony on June 10 - the fourth anniversary of the conclusion of Fire Department recovery operations at Ground Zero. An inscription on the sculpture's upper portion reads, 'Dedicated to those who fell and to those who carry on - May we never forget.'
'It was very important for the lawyers and staff at Holland & Knight to forever memorialize our beloved friend and partner, Glenn Winuk, as well as the Fire Department members who died that tragic day,' said Brian D. Starer, a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office and vice president of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation. 'We want to present this gift to the Fire Department as a token of our unending gratitude to these men and women, and their families, for the sacrifices they made that day.'
The 9/11 memorial will be installed at the quarters of Engine10/Ladder10, which is directly across the street from Ground Zero and just two blocks from Holland & Knight's office.