Larry Beckler's A Day Of Service

A memorial statue and tribute to the firefighters and other first responders who gave their lives in an effort to save others.

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The History

The idea for this statue was instantaneous when I was informed that the foundation for the World Trade Center was accepting design bids for the memorial in 2002. After learning that the current style of design was geared more towards benches and gardens, I put aside my idea for several years.

In the summer of 2009 the concept of the probable chaos in the stairwell came back to me while talking to trusted friend Brian Rinke. His encouragement along with the same from my wife, Marlene, led me to make a brave decision, one that defines the American dream. Namely, I decided to take a big risk with no guarantees.

Marlene found the fine arts foundry of Elliot Gantz who referred us to sculptor Carter Jones. Carter’s studio is located just several blocks north of Ground Zero. In late 2009 Carter and I started creating “A Day of Service”. Since I have trouble drawing stick figures, I was unable to illustrate my ideas. It was a slow process to explain my vision to Carter and for him to sculpt it. Together we created the statue which combines 50 or so individual figures and groups, as well as numerous bas reliefs.

As I mentioned in the DVD, I believe this creation is greatly needed and is for everyone regardless of your race, religion or politics. Every aware individual was involved on September 11, 2001 and every one of you has your own story and need for reflection. I hope this piece brings it to you.

Thank You

Please know how much we appreciate you taking your time to view the video and read about the statue and its desired future! Since this is a new creation with a large vision, I welcome your feedback and comments.

Larry, Brian and Marlene

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