911 ceremony includes gift of artwork to Vancouver

first_imgBuy this PhotoWoodland resident Gerald Siegel donated his stained glass art depicting New York Firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero to the city of Vancouver. The piece was unveiled Sunday at a Patriot Day ceremony in Vancouver honoring victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Stevie Mathieu/The Columbian) This year’s Patriot Day commemoration at Vancouver City Hall, honoring those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, included a special gift to the city’s first responders.Near the conclusion of the ceremony Sunday morning, Fire Chief Joe Molina and Police Chief James McElvain unveiled a stained glass artwork depicting the iconic moment when New York City firefighters raised an American flag at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001. The glass piece was created by New York native and military veteran Gerald Siegel, who now lives in Woodland.Siegel told the more than 100 people in attendance that working on the stained glass image in the days that followed 9/11 helped him process his anger about the attacks, and to heal.“I became vengeful,” Siegel said. “It was with this glass that I was able to lay down my vengeance, my hate and my disgust.”Fifteen years later, he decided to give the glass piece to the city of Vancouver as a way to honor first responders, Siegel said. Molina said it likely will be displayed in one of the Vancouver Fire Department’s new fire stations.last_img read more