In our office on an easel sits a photograph of the Double Check given to us by a family friend. The image serves as our daily reminder of the sacrifices made by first responders and civilians on September 11, 2001. In his arms and open briefcase, the Double Check holds an American flag and flowers placed there in remembrance of 9/11. He is adorned with a first responders helmet on this head, an American flag taped to his back, fire department patches on his jacket, and helmets and firehose at his feet.
The significance of the statue goes beyond just its use as a post-9/11 memorial. The Double Check is said to be the only piece of artwork to have survived the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. Prior to September 11th, the Double Check, a life-size bronze statue of a businessman looking through his briefcase, sat peacefully in Liberty Plaza Park across the street from the World Trade Center. After the Towers collapsed, the Double Check sat on the ground knocked loose from its mounts amongst the debris and covered in dust. The statue's appearance was so life-like that rescue workers approached him to offer assistance.
In 2004, Stuart Miller with the New York Times wrote about the Double Check, stating that it was "a fitting metaphor for the city: though the sculpture had been knocked loose from its moorings, it had endured." Twenty years later, we continue to remember the lasting impact that 9/11 has had on our first responders, civilians, and our country. We have re-built, we have learned, but we will never forget.
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