Assisting with the Hero Portraits September 11 Memorial
This past Thursday September 8 on the corner of Central Park South and 6th Ave, the Hero Portraits September 11th Memorial was unveiled. It was the culmination of a two year effort on behalf of the Hero Portraits organization led by chairman and founder Darryl Lynn in honor of this year’s 10th anniversary of 9/11. The memorial, a 9 ft high 11ft wide structure in the shape of an American flag, held the portraits of first responders to the attack on the twin towers on September 11th 2001.
FedEx came on board to the project, eight weeks ago, when Darryl, in need of assistance from outside organizations sent a letter to over 300 corporations and institutions throughout the country. He had invested over $200,000 of personal funds towards the project, and could not afford to finish the project unless he received outside assistance. Within a week a letter from FedEx CEO and Chairman Fred Smith had arrived. In it, was a promise that FedEx would provide all in-kind shipping of the memorial as well as day of event support for the unveiling.
At Thursday’s unveiling after the Honor Guard’s presentation of the flag, 9 year-old Ansley Skipper (daughter of FedEx team member Monica Skipper) led the crowd in a pitch, perfect Pledge of Allegiance. Darryl thanked everyone in attendance who made the event possible noting FedEx in a heartfelt thank-you: “No words can express the gratitude we at Hero Portraits have for FedEx, out of everyone we had asked FedEx was the only one willing to step up. Thank you to every FedEx team member who made this possible.”
After the memorial was unveiled, audience members gathered around its massive base, reaching out to identify family members who had been the first to arrive and subsequently perish in the tragedy. This powerful moment was a testament to the importance of the work of Darryl Lynn and the Hero Portraits project, and an honor for FedEx to play even a small part in commemorating those who died for all of our freedom, no words can express the gratitude we have for these unflinchingly courageous men and women.
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