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Patriotism, pride, Tribute in Light shine on 9/11

On Friday, the 19th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, there were displays of patriotism and solidarity and also, later that night, the Tribute in Light beaming up to the heavens.

Members of Team Red White and Blue marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to the 9/11 Memorial. (Photo by Milo Hess)

Members of Team Red White and Blue marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to the 9/11 Memorial to pay their respects. The group’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Council candidate Toba Potosky, from Cadman Towers in Brooklyn, marched with the Team Red White and Blue contingent. (Photo by Milo Hess)

Marching with them was Toba Potosky, a Democratic candidate for City Council in District 33 (Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, DUMBO). The president of the Cadman Towers Tenants Association and a community activist, it’s Potosky’s first campaign for political office. The District 33 seat is currently held by Stephen Levin, who will be term-limited out of office at the end of 2021.

At the World Trade Center on the anniversary of 9/11, a woman placed flowers in a chain-link construction fence. (Photo by Milo Hess)

Initially, the Tribute in Light was going to be canceled this year. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum had felt the event posed a health hazard to workers who set up the lights. But Governor Cuomo announced additional funding would be allocated to ensure the workers’ safety, and the museum agreed to stage the tribute.

A woman helped an artist display his artwork at the World Trade Center. (Photo by Milo Hess)
New Jersey state police came to pay their respects on the 19th anniversary of the worst attack on American soil. (Photo by Milo Hess)
The Tribute in Light returned for the 9/11 anniversary this year. (Photo by Milo Hess)
The beams of light shining into the darkened sky once again raised New Yorkers’ spirits. (Photo by Milo Hess)

One Comment

  1. Anthony Donovan Anthony Donovan September 13, 2020

    Thank you.

    May I humbly add, there was a much deeper way to honor those brave souls who gave their lives on this day for others. We did not take it. We still can, and must.

    We ignored the immediate overwhelming outpouring of compassion and knowledge about “terrorism” from around the world. We found later, there was another agenda, one which they use our flag to wrap around. Our flag represents a much wider noble experiment to me than torture and war for resources and dominance.

    A documentary released in 2004 tried to touch upon the path NOT taken in response to 9/11.

    If any wish another personal perspective and experience of that day/night of 9/11 (written early 2002, updated ’07):

    I encourage all to read Edward Snowden’s book, “Permanent Record.” He too joined the “patriotic call” because of 9/11.

    Let’s remember these brave souls to help get through todays tremendous challenge, together…. community. Helping one another.

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