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.
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I agree with Tom, the tribute in light is the kind of inspired work that really helps remember the loss. This thing will go into a drawer and never been seen or talked about again.
It looks like it was designed by a school student
And the Tribute in Light is such a beautiful, iconic memorial that it makes this flag look like a gimmick.
The symbolism within the design seems almost like a reaction to the presses (and the nation's) focus and obsession on NYC and the World Trade Towers.
The intentions are good; however, I would have preferred a design which better captures the national (arguably international) tragedy that was 911 and not simply the places which this tragedy occurred.