Yesterday, in anticipation of statewide "New York Remembers" events, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the official 9/11 Memorial Flag, "a long-lasting symbol of our respect for those who were lost on September 11th and our resilience in the face of tragedy."
The symbols on the flag evoke what was lost on September 11th and what still endures. The 40 yellow stars represent the fatalities from United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The five-sided figures represent the Pentagon, where 125 people died. At the center of the flag are the Twin Towers, where the greatest loss of life occurred that day.
Sunday, of course, marks the tenth anniversary of the day that has come to define the current era of U.S. politics. The flag will be flown at the State Capitol in Albany and the memorial at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.