National Fallen Firefighters Foundation dedicates monument of 9/11 firefighters raising flag

The dedication of a 40-foot-high bronze monument called, ‘To Lift A Nation’, will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2007, at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md., to honor the heroes of the September 11, 2001 tragedy. Washington dignitaries, firefighters from across the country, September 11th survivor families who lost loved ones in the tragedy, and the public will observe the unveiling of the monument designed by Utah-based sculptor Stan Watts.

Watts’ three-times life-size, bronze monument recreates the now-famous photo taken by Thomas E. Franklin, a photographer for the New Jersey Record, who captured the image of three firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero. The monument stands 40 feet high, six feet deep and eight feet wide. Each of the three firefighter’s statues weigh more than 5,000 pounds and were formed from approximately 160 bronze sections weighing between 60-to-80 pounds each.

“Positioning and dedicating this stunning monument at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park is an honor,” says Chief Ronald Jon Siarnicki, Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “It not only represents those fallen heroes who died during the September 11th tragedy, but it also honors firefighters all over the nation who die each year in the line of duty.”

Sculptor Stan Watts stated, “The monument and its flag are symbols of hope and courage for a nation deeply impacted by this tragedy. It honors a moment in the history of our country and reminds us of the bravery and sacrifice made by our firefighters and by thousands of citizens, from all walks of life, who selflessly serve humankind in times of need.”

About Atlas Bronze Casting

Atlas Bronze Casting (www.atlasbronzecasting.com), located in Kearns, Utah, was founded by owner and sculptor Stan Watts in 1997. The company manufactures top-quality artwork in architectural and sculptural applications. The company has 10 years experience in creating artworks both big and small, ranging from desktop figurines to enormous monuments and accepts custom orders from a variety of clients, including individuals and large organizations.

About National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. With the support of fire and life safety organizations and funding from Fireman’s Fund and the Department of Homeland Security, the NFFF launched a major initiative to reduce firefighter deaths. Its goal is to reduce line-of-duty firefighter deaths by 25 percent in five years. More information about the NFFF can be found at www.firehero.org.

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