It'll be a tribute in light and a warning in bronze.March 9, 2004 -- It'll be a tribute in light and a warning in bronze.
The winning design for Brooklyn's official Sept. 11 memorial, unveiled yesterday, is a 25-foot-tall pillar that was inspired by the trumpets blown by turn-of-the-century firefighters as they rushed to burning buildings. A spotlight on top will shine every night from 9 to 11 p.m.
"This is a very powerful memorial," said Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Brooklyn/S.I.).
"The trumpet reminds us of the firefighters who died but sounds a warning to future generations to not let this happen again. And the light reminds us that America has always been a beacon for the world."
The monument - designed by Brooklyn artist Robert Ressler - will be forged at the same Greenpoint foundry as the Iwo Jima monument. It will be installed later this summer on the 69th Street Pier.
More than $30,000 must still be raised to maintain the monument in perpetuity. Tax-deductible checks can be sent to Brooklyn Remembers, 9201 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11209.