About The Project
Jay Leno and Las Vegas Artist Randy Soard
Las Vegas Artist Randy Soard in cooperation with more than 450 surviving families of the fallen "Heroes" lost on September 11th, have joined together in the creation of the "Not-for-Profit" "Faces of the Brave" 9-11 Memorial Tribute Artwork Project. The "Faces of the Brave" artwork is a Photo-Mosaic comprised of the individual portraits of each of the fallen "Heroes" lost on September 11th. Many of the images contained in the "Faces of the Brave" are from private family collections and have never been viewed by the public.
The Purpose and Goal of the Project
The Purpose of the "Faces of the Brave" 9-11 Memorial Artwork Project is to "Honor Those Who Protect Us" and to keep alive the memory of "The Best of Humanity" by putting their "Faces" before the public. The Goal of this Project is to educate all people who cherish "Liberty" and "Freedom" and to encourage their eternal vigilance in the protection and security of our Nation.
"Faces of the Brave" is a meaningful expression of heartfelt gratitude to the fallen "Heroes" of 9-11, the Uniformed Emergency Services personnel and Civilian "Heroes" and their surviving families and loved ones. After nearly five years of development work and dedicated research to secure legal permission from the surviving family members, estate administrators and other interested parties to develop this Project, the "Faces of the Brave" artwork has now been completed. Each of the individual portraits of the fallen "Heroes" shown in the "Faces of the Brave" artwork have been legally authorized by their respective estate administrators.
The surviving families invited to participate represent (343 Active & 3 Retired) Firefighters (FDNY), 23 Police Officers (NYPD ESU & Patrol), 37 Port Authority Police Officers (PAPD), 16 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-Paramedics), 3 New York State Court Officers, 2 (1 Active & 1 Retired) FBI Agents, 1 U.S. Secret Service Agent, 42 Security Officers, 11 Civilian-Volunteer Firefighters, 7 Civilian-Volunteer Fire Marshals and 20 Civilian Heroes.
The "Faces of the Brave" Artwork "is not" available for purchase; however, complimentary copies of the artwork have been donated to Non-Profit Charitable Organizations for "Auctions" and Volunteer Fire Departments for "Fund Raisers". Corporate Sponsors and Private Donors are encouraged to underwrite the distribution of complimentary copies of the artwork to the Public at large public gatherings, such as County Fairs, Veteran Day Parades, Concerts and Sporting Events.
Public and Private Entities are encouraged to "display" the "Faces of the Brave" artwork in Open Public areas such as Airports and Transportation Terminals, County, State & Federal Government Buildings, Court Houses, Hospitals Emergency Rooms, Medical Centers, Burn & Trauma Centers, Public Libraries, Library of Congress, Presidential Libraries, Hotels, Schools & Universities, Fire & Police Training Centers Military, Police and Fire Museums, Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, Military Bases, U.S, Naval Vessels and high traffic public venues located in the U.S. and other countries around the world.
The "Faces of the Brave" 9-11 Memorial Artwork is the only known 9-11 Memorial Tribute Artwork Project of its type to be approved and legally authorized by the surviving families and estate administrators of the fallen "Heroes" of September 11th.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and
Las Vegas Artist Randy Soard
The "Faces of the Brave" Artwork Project has been endorsed by the Fire and Rescue Services community worldwide and is currently on display in Fire Houses and EMS facilities located in more than 50 countries including Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Grand Cayman, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man (UK), Israel, Italy, England, Monaco, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States and will be displayed in each of the more than 130 U.S. Embassies around the world.
May this visual symbol of personal sacrifice serve to undermine senseless acts of terrorism worldwide. No longer will the thought of these brave men and women become a fading memory or mere statistic, their "Faces" will help to remind each of us of their selfless heroism and extraordinary acts of humanity that tragic day.
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