There were definitely more people on the Battery this morning than on a usual Sunday morning. As you might guess most of them were headed for the ceremony at Ground Zero. I had never thought about it this way before, but I found the many other war/conflict monuments in the Battery comforting on this anniversary of the Trade Center attacks. This is where we had the commemoration of the sinking of the Lusitania a year ago this past May.
The flag–the Star Spangled Banner, if I noted correctly–was flying at half staff atop Fort Jay. On my way to Castle William for the 11:30 am tour I had to stop and take this picture (below) of these two apartment buildings. Coast Guard personnel who lived on the island in the late 1960s and early 70s have told me that from their living room and bed room windows they saw the Twin Towers go up incrementally over the years. I could not help but think of that this morning.
Enjoy your articles very much. We don’t stress history enough in schools these days. When I was in junior high, late ’50s, early ’60s, we studied the history of NYS and also of my hometown, Rome, NY, which is rich in history. My father used to take us for car rides and we would always stop and read those blue historic markers which were everywhere! That’s probably where I developed my love of history. Sadly, you can’t even find those markers anymore.
In Silver Beach, Bronx, near SUNY Maritime College, there is a small stone monument with a plaque that reads simply, Never Forget, 9/11/01. The monument is situated off-center from the fence that borders the water where there is a commanding view of the Manhattan skyline. It looked oddly placed to me and when I asked why, I was told because if you stand directly in front of the stone and look across to Manhattan, the Twin Towers would have been directly in your view. Very touching.
Keith Muchowski said:
Mary, thanks for sharing. That sounds like a poignant monument. Yes, history, especially local history, has been down-sized in our schools. I find it unfortunate and unsettling.