Firefighters Reserve Memorial-Christchurch-New Zealand-9:11-4Photo via Flickr by Scoro

“You see on that corner, that’s part of the World Trade Center.” As we were in Christchurch, New Zealand, it turned out that our helpful airport driver was referring to some steel in a field. Rather meaningful steel in a field, and a piece of art which represents not only one of the greatest atrocities of recent years, but also indicates the desire to remember and commemorate by people all around the world.

Unveiled during the opening ceremonies of the World Firefighter’s Games VII (dubbed the Memorial Games) in October 2002, The Firefighters Reserve commemorates the the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives when the towers collapsed, as well as the sacrifices of firefighters worldwide in service and duty.