From the NAACP to the Lone Star Flight Museum, various organizations in the Houston area held ceremonies and events in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. In tribute to the fallen first responders, industrial company LyondellBasell commissioned local muralist Alex “Donkeeboy” Roman Jr. to create a commemorative mural in Downtown Houston.
“We will never forget the bravery and heroism demonstrated by first responders on 9/11. For the 20th anniversary, we are proud to honor those who not only lost their lives but also those who continue to serve and protect us every day,” said Kim Foley, LyondellBasell’s senior vice president of Health, Safety and Environment, Global Engineering, and Turnarounds.
Alongside his mother, Donkeeboy, the popular visual artist known for his eclectic pieces around the city, created a boldly blue mural with yellow accented letters that reads “Never Forget.” The painting features vignettes of first responders, from police officers to nurses and firefighters. The mural was unveiled last Friday, September 8 with a ceremony attended by the Houston Fire Department and leaders from emergency response training organizations like the Houston Police Mounted Patrol and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council.
Because of a generous $200,000 donation to organizations like Texas Task Force Foundation and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, September 8 is now hailed LyondellBasell’s First Responders Day, per Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The mural serves as a reminder to never forget the brave men and women who act selflessly and courageously for our communities and our country,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston. “To have local artist Donkeeboy showcase his talents by paying tribute to our first responders is truly remarkable.”
The “Never Forget” mural is located at 811 Caroline Street