Wayne JWV commander organizes a 9/11 memorial on Coney Island
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Wayne JWV commander organizes a 9/11 memorial on Coney Island

Sol Moglen, founder and chair of the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance, center, with John Feal of the Fealgood Foundation (this year’s Heroes Night honoree), and FDNY chaplain Rabbi Joseph Potasnik. (Photo provided)
Sol Moglen, founder and chair of the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance, center, with John Feal of the Fealgood Foundation (this year’s Heroes Night honoree), and FDNY chaplain Rabbi Joseph Potasnik. (Photo provided)

The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance, which honors first responders who died on September 11, 2001, is in MCU Park (formerly KeySpan Park) in Coney Island. It is the work of Jewish war veteran Sol Moglen, who was born in Brooklyn and now lives in Wayne. Mr. Moglen conceived the idea for the memorial, and worked with a team of volunteers to make it happen. New York City’s fire department named him an honorary deputy fire chief in recognition of his work.

Mr. Moglen also is the new commander of Jewish War Veterans Kaufman-Harris-Cone Wayne Post 695.

Each year the Wall of Remembrance Foundation hosts a Heroes Night at the stadium in partnership with the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets minor league team that plays there. For the last two years, Wayne Post 695 was a co-sponsor. This year’s event, held last month, brought 100 wounded warriors and military personnel from Fort Hamilton, Walter Reed, and Bethesda Naval hospitals to the stadium for a baseball game. Several were honored in a pre-game ceremony.

The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance was the first 9/11 memorial in New York City. It includes 417 laser-engraved granite portraits of first responders who died that day — 46 firefighters, 37 Port Authority officers, 23 NYC police officers, three New York State officers, one fire patrol member, first responders, and a K-9 rescue dog named Sirius.

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