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A Year After the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

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In March 2002, six months after the September 11 attacks, I saw photos of the first Tribute in Light produced by the Municipal Art Society of New York and I was blown away. I wished I had been able to see it in person. Beginning in 2003, it has been produced annually on September 11. It took until the tenth anniversary in 2011 that I was finally able to make it up there.

My friend Alex and I drove up that afternoon. We parked in Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Bridge Park around what should have been sunset, but we could hardly tell with the low, flat clouds. After taking some photos there, we walked across Brooklyn Bridge, down to Ground Zero, around the Financial District and took a cab back to the car in Brooklyn. From there, we headed to Staten Island, but there was too much fog to see what we wanted, so we headed to New Jersey and took photos here and there from Bayonne to Weehawken. We got back on the Turnpike to head back south around 4:00am. And then I went to work.

I posted one photo from the Brooklyn Bridge last year, but it took some time to get through to the rest.

Watchtower 949

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In this photo, a woman is steadied by her husband as she stands on  the Brooklyn Bridge photographing the Tribute in Light rising skyward from Lower Manhattan on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks that brought down the Twin Towers and claimed almost 3,000 lives.

On September 11, 2011, I drove up to New York with a friend to see and photograph the Tribute in Light display. From the time I first saw photos of it in March 2002, I’ve wanted to see it in person. I may have even needed to see it in person, but I wasn’t able to go until this year. Even though the clouds and fog limited our options a bit, it provided some opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. We walked about six miles, met a lot of people and had a really memorable experience.

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