Remembering 9/11 With A Memorial Mural

Inspiration is a momentary vision. It strikes you in an instant and if you don’t capture it it passes by. A sweet, tender or a sad experience may highten your sences. I feel blessed because I live an inspired life. Recently US Coast Guard commisioned me to paint a mural at Fort Wadsworth, NY base. The bravery and heroism of the men and women who protect us is depicted in this painting.

Inspiration was right there in front of me.

I feel honored to have been chosen for this occasion. The backdrop is the cityscape of New York with the twin towers. Even though it’s been years, I still feel that New York is incomplete without the “silent brothers” standing there.

“U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) New York is one of thirteen Anti-Terrorism Teams strategically located in key ports throughout the United States. Coast Guard MSSTs were created under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 in direct response to the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, and are a critical part of the United States Department of Homeland Security’s layered strategy, directed at protecting key seaports and waterways. MSSTs provide waterborne security and anti-terrorism force protection for strategic shipping, high interest vessels, and critical maritime infrastructure. As part of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) community, MSSTs are a quick response force capable of rapid nationwide deployment via air, ground, or sea transportation, in response to changing threat conditions and evolving Maritime Homeland Security mission requirements.

Shortly after the commissioning of MSST New York, Ms. Sorkin was called upon to create a mural representing the unit and its dynamic operational capabilities. Her mural includes tactical small boats, K-9 operations, helicopter vertical insertion, and a specialized counter terrorism team all positioned against a backdrop of the majestic New York City skyline. When Ms. Sorkin revealed her finished artwork in 2009, MSST New York was thrilled with the results and especially proud to have their operational capabilities showcased while ever diligently protecting the greatest city in the world.”

LCDR Mike Hosey
Commanding Officer Maritime Safety & Security Team 91106
Staten Island, New York

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