I've had a lot of occassions lately to think about Americans. The 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, several New York Says Thank You events with the flag tour - have all made me much more thoughtful and proud of the people I live with in this country. It is truly the greatest. So much heart. So much resilience. So much hope - even in the face of despair. It is just so . . . American. This past weekend Sophia and I were in NYC again (ho hum - Oh how we LOVE that city!) and we were fortunate enough to have another opporutnity to photograph the 9/11 flag before it goes on display at the museum. It's always such a beautiful sight and such a moving experience for all who attend. This day was no exception. We headed to Liberty Island to open the flag at the feet of the Grand Lady herself, just across the water from the new Freedom Tower being construction in lower Manhattan. The Gold Star Mothers and the United War Veterans Council of America were present and assisting. They brought wreathes to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers.  We were also very lucky to have a wandering Girl Scouts Troop 52-696 from Milford, PA with strong girls!  This is no ordinary flag. Besides the significance of the flag itself, it is just downright impressive in size. It takes at least 30 adult people to unfold, hold and refold it. And there's always room for more and a few kids to run under it when it's raised, as if it were a tent in which to play. One of my favorite parts by the way. The weather forecast for NYC was not promising for the weekend, and in fact, Sophia and I got drenched going downtown Friday afternoon. But then NYC is even fun in the rain and there's always some fascinating place to run into if you'd like. But it cleared a bit and Sunday was looking good. Sunshine at breakfast and on our ferry to the island. Clouds rolled in but at least we stayed dry and could unfold Old Glory at the feet of the Statue of Liberty and in view of the new Freedom Tower with a new flag hanging on her side. FDNY had fire boats in the Hudson, spewing fountains of water into the air to celebrate her! The crowd cheered her!  NYPD had helicopter coverage (they were supposed to take Sophia up but . . .it just didn't happen. and she was ever so disappointed!) We stayed on the island for a few hours and then went to O'Hara's Pub across from Ground Zero and Firehouse 10. We've included a few pics from the FDNY memorial there. This post has more pics than usual but it really needs them! Just look and enjoy being American!  As always, it was so wonderful to see our New York Says Thank You family! We Love You all SO!

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This was our escort for the day. I just never get tired of men in uniform.  NYSTYLIBERTY1026.jpg
Sophia snapped this of the America II in the Hudson on our way back. Made us want champagne but we settled for beer and wine at O'Hara's. It was a good trade. NYSTYLIBERTY1027.jpgNYSTYLIBERTY1028.jpgNYSTYLIBERTY1029.jpg 

We LOVE YOU AMERICA!  (and, Luigi, we're coming to Brooklyn for coffee next time!)



September 27, 2011

I've had a lot of occassions lately to think about Americans. The 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, several New York Says Thank You events with the flag tour - have all made me much more thoughtful and proud of the people I live with in this country. It is truly the greatest. So much heart. So much resilience. So much hope - even in the face of despair. It is just so . . . American. This past weekend Sophia and I were in NYC again (ho hum - Oh how we LOVE that city!) and we were fortunate enough to have another opporutnity to photograph the 9/11 flag before it goes on display at the museum. It's always such a beautiful sight and such a moving experience for all who attend. This day was no exception. We headed to Liberty Island to open the flag at the feet of the Grand Lady herself, just across the water from the new Freedom Tower being construction in lower Manhattan. The Gold Star Mothers and the United War Veterans Council of America were present and assisting. They brought wreathes to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers.  We were also very lucky to have a wandering Girl Scouts Troop 52-696 from Milford, PA with strong girls!  This is no ordinary flag. Besides the significance of the flag itself, it is just downright impressive in size. It takes at least 30 adult people to unfold, hold and refold it. And there's always room for more and a few kids to run under it when it's raised, as if it were a tent in which to play. One of my favorite parts by the way. The weather forecast for NYC was not promising for the weekend, and in fact, Sophia and I got drenched going downtown Friday afternoon. But then NYC is even fun in the rain and there's always some fascinating place to run into if you'd like. But it cleared a bit and Sunday was looking good. Sunshine at breakfast and on our ferry to the island. Clouds rolled in but at least we stayed dry and could unfold Old Glory at the feet of the Statue of Liberty and in view of the new Freedom Tower with a new flag hanging on her side. FDNY had fire boats in the Hudson, spewing fountains of water into the air to celebrate her! The crowd cheered her!  NYPD had helicopter coverage (they were supposed to take Sophia up but . . .it just didn't happen. and she was ever so disappointed!) We stayed on the island for a few hours and then went to O'Hara's Pub across from Ground Zero and Firehouse 10. We've included a few pics from the FDNY memorial there. This post has more pics than usual but it really needs them! Just look and enjoy being American!  As always, it was so wonderful to see our New York Says Thank You family! We Love You all SO!

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This was our escort for the day. I just never get tired of men in uniform.  NYSTYLIBERTY1026.jpg
Sophia snapped this of the America II in the Hudson on our way back. Made us want champagne but we settled for beer and wine at O'Hara's. It was a good trade. NYSTYLIBERTY1027.jpgNYSTYLIBERTY1028.jpgNYSTYLIBERTY1029.jpg 

We LOVE YOU AMERICA!  (and, Luigi, we're coming to Brooklyn for coffee next time!)





Comments
Veronica Christensen says:

Thank you for the beautiful Pics... I wish I could have been there. What a sight, what a wonderful part to play in American History. Doing Good NYSTY! National 911 Flag!

(09.28.11 @ 07:15 AM)
Nancy says:

Is this awesome or what? Very cool, indeed.

(09.28.11 @ 08:24 AM)
Jennice Llaurado says:

Thank you so much for these beautiful pictures. I am the Co-Leader from the Girl Scout Troop 52-696. The girls had an amazing time and you captured it with these beautiful pictures. Thank you so much. I can't wait till they see them.
Thanks again,
Jennice Llaurado & Pam Zeh

(09.28.11 @ 08:58 AM)
gINA mANOS says:

Such an important day in history..I love that my niece Brianna Kirechjian was part of this special day ... What an Amazing day for her ..And an Amazing day for AMERICA ...

(09.28.11 @ 04:49 PM)
Lisa says:

Thanks so much all! It is such an honor to be able to do this. We have met so many wonderful Americans in the past few years with New York Says Thank You. It has been life changing.

(09.28.11 @ 05:12 PM)
MARY TERRANOVA says:

So proud of my great niece, was part of American history. Love you.

(09.28.11 @ 05:18 PM)
Chris Sena says:

Brianna

Aunt Toni and I
are so proud of you - We love you

Chris

(09.28.11 @ 09:14 PM)
Gregory Kiretchjian says:

It was such a nice surprise for my daughter and her friends were able to partake in this amazing event. Thank you everyone.

(09.28.11 @ 11:44 PM)
Carol Hille says:

Proud to be an American....Proud of your photos - they show the heart, hope and strength of our country and those who love her....Proud to know you

(10.03.11 @ 10:23 AM)