9/11 Nativity Set Displayed on Staten Island
The nativity set was given to the FDNY by the Chamber of Commerce in Naples, Italy.
The Solidarity Creche will be on display at the Italian Cultural Foundation on Staten Island through Jan. 6.
A special nativity scene dedicated to the 343 firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 has found a permanent home on Staten Island.
The 120-piece Nativity set, called the Solidarity Creche, was given to the Fire Department by the Chamber of Commerce in Naples, Italy just three months after the terrorist attacks.
The foot-tall figurines Three Kings included in the creche feature different presents offered to the baby Jesus -- instead of frankincense, gold, and myrrh, they are holding FDNY helmets.
One of the helmets is painted with 9/11/01 to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks.
Daniel Nigro, a retired chief of the FDNY, worked to get the Solidarity Creche to find a permanent home at the Italian Cultural Foundation on Staten Island. It hasn't been displayed anywhere since Christmas 2006, but will not be on display through Jan. 6 -- Three King's Day -- at the foundation's Grymes Hill building, called Casa Belvedere.
"It's a tribute and a memory to the firemen and all others who lost their lives during 9/11, and it's a way to keep their memory alive and honor their memory," said Gina Biancardi, from the Italian Cultural Foundation.