Graham Green, a recently retired firefighter from the U.K., visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum last week to fulfill a wish to leave his helmet, worn during his 30 years of service, on the bronze parapet of the South Pool.
The gesture served as a fitting end to a long career, and as a tribute to what he called his “fallen brothers and sisters.”
“It’s a very solemn moment for me, and I was getting quite emotional,” said Green. “I’m honored to be here, and I’m honored to leave my helmet here.”
Green left his helmet – bright yellow with a metallic gold–mirrored visor – on the southwest corner of the South Pool, where the names of the of firefighters and other first-responders who were killed in the line of duty on 9/11.
“I'm continually amazed by ways in which people find personal meaning at the 9/11 site, even with the passage of time,” said Alexandra Drakakis, associate curator at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, who was contacted by Green ahead of his visit. “I was really moved that Graham thought to honor his 30 years of firefighting service by coming to the Memorial all the way from Manchester. That he wanted to rest the helmet that he'd worn for years on the job over the names of firefighter responders killed in the line of duty on 9/11, demonstrates the global resonance of this event and emphasizes to me the power of human connection.”
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By 9/11 Memorial Staff