Staten Island was one of the hardest hit communities on 9/11, losing nearly 270 loved ones in the terrorist attacks on New York City that day. As a result, Staten Island needed its own memorial, a place for the loved ones of the victims to mourn and reflect, and a place for all visitors to remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day. Borough President Molinaro made the creation of a Staten Island 9/11 Memorial one of his top priorities, and allocated over $2 million in capital funding for its establishment. Mayor Bloomberg also allocated $300,000 in capital funds for the Memorial. A committee selected Masayuki Sono’s memorial, \"Postcards\" from nearly 200 submissions. The solemn, yet uplifting design features two thin structures resembling postcards, perhaps sent to lost loved ones. From afar, they appear to be outstretched wings or a flower about to blossom. In order to honor the individual lives lost, part of Mr. Sono’s design provides that each Staten Island victim be honored with a 9”x11” granite plaque that will bear their name, birth date and place of work on September 11, 2001 as well as their profile in silhouette. Construction of Staten Island’s 9/11 Memorial began on September 11th, 2003. The official dedication took place on September 11, 2004
In order to honor the individual lives lost, part of Mr. Sono’s design provides that each Staten Island victim be honored with a 9”x11” granite plaque that will bear their name, birth date and place of work on September 11, 2001 as well as their profile in silhouette. The memorial, named "Postcards," consists of two 50-foot-high sculptures by artist Masayuki Sono that feature granite profiles (sort of "commemorative stamps") of each of the victims; the artist has designed the memorial so that on September 11 each profile will be lit in turn as the sun passes through the sky. From Staten Island the view from between the twin postcards frames Ground Zero.