Two Minutes of Silence – The original oil by Peter O’Neill was sold at auction for the sum of $20,000.00 on October 10th, 2001.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of the original was donated to the New York City Fireman and Emergency Service Relief Fund. In addition to the monetary donation, we have donated, to date, over 17,000 lithographs of “Two Minutes of Silence” to the victims’ families, Fire Departments, Police Departments and Emergency Service Stations around the world.
The buyer donated the original painting of “Two Minutes of Silence” to the City of New York Firefighters Museum in Lower Manhattan. It will hang in their collection so those men and women who gave their lives trying to save others will never be forgotten.
On December 18, 2001, Peter had the true honor of traveling to Ground Zero as guests of the FDNY where he spent the day in the company of real heroes.
In September of 2002, the image was chosen for the cover of the FDNY and City of New York memorial service. It was held at Madison Square Garden on October 12, 2002.
Years later, “Two Minutes of Silence” still brings solace to those who see it. Everyday, we donate lithographs to servicemen and women from every department of this great nation’s defense.
It is our intention to donate, with the support of the public, to every fire station in the country.
If you would like to obtain a lithograph of “Two Minutes of Silence” for your local fire station at no charge, contact us at: 904-808-1311