WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of September 11, Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. partnered with the Washington Redskins to display a special exhibit entitled HOPE: Humanity and Heroism — based on the iconic photograph of three firefighters raising the American flag out of the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11th — during today's game with the New York Giants. HOPE, which is on loan from Madame Tussauds NY, will be installed at the D.C. attraction, 1001 F Street, NW (at F & 10th Sts.), from September 12 through the end of the year.
"Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. would like to thank the Redskins for welcoming the HOPE exhibit into FedExField and allowing us to participate in commemorating this momentous day," said Dan Rogoski, General Manager of Madame Tussauds D.C. "HOPE serves as a tribute to not only the courage and bravery of the firefighters depicted, but also to the resiliency of Americans and we are honored to be able to share the exhibit with everyone here today."
HOPE: Humanity and Heroism — based on Thomas E. Franklin's iconic photograph — features wax figures of firefighters George Johnson, Dan McWilliams and Billy Eisengrein raising the American flag at Ground Zero on September 11. In addition to the figures, the exhibit includes music, images of uniformed servicemen and women, and victims' families from September 11, as well as inspiring quotations throughout.
As an added benefit, during the exhibit's installation at Madame Tussauds, admission will be free for firefighters, police and EMS workers (must present valid ID) and accompanying family members will receive a $5.00 discount.
HOPE was created with the support of the three firefighters, who have endorsed the project as a means to present its image to the public. It is important to each firefighter that they be recognized not as celebrities, but as individuals doing an important job, along with many others. All three participated in the process through sittings with Madame Tussauds' artists, which consisted of detailed measurements and photos, allowing for the creation of identical likenesses.
Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. is a fully interactive, full-sensory experience, where visitors are able to touch, see and hear major historical events and celebrities in a way unlike any other Washington D.C. attraction. The attraction showcases wax figures of some of the world's most recognized icons, including: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt; the Jonas Brothers, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz and Tyra Banks; as well as all 44 U.S. Presidents, featured in the recently-launched U.S. Presidents Gallery. For more information, visit www.madametussaudsdc.com or call 202-942-7300 or 888-WAX-IN-DC.
SOURCE Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.