Some pictures of my trip back to lower Manhattan on 9-11-2015
(On the train)
I’ll admit to a bit of nervousness and fear in going into New York City dressed like this – what with the police assassinations and the threats against the American flag. Was I setting myself up as a target? When soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors returned from Vietnam, they were told not to wear their uniform else they would raise the ire of the war protestors.
Well these many years later – this is my uniform, and I decided I would not be intimidated or shamed again – so off to NYC I go.
Off the Metro North at Grand Central Station from New Haven
The main concourse at Grand Central
The new “Freedom Tower” Over the years, we watched it going up.
The new tower from the front corner of St. Paul’s Chapel. The Chapel dates back to colonial days and was undamaged by the attack even though it is right across the street from the twin towers. The chapel was used as headquarters and a retreat for the first responders and rescue workers from all over the world.
Looking out the back of the chapel towards the Trade Center.
A lovely choir, most likely from the Pennsylvania Amish country.
The always busy feet of New York.
No shortage of police. These are NYPD. I also saw New York State Police (the first time I’ve ever seen them in downtown NYC), Army/National Guard, and Port Authority police. I’ve always like the New York cops.
These pictures are at the front of the Century-21 department store. They had the whole side done up with a huge mural, and at the sidewalk people were writing messages on large rolls of paper.
New York Fire Department
Another hat like mine, only Army or Marine Corp.
I had quite a chat with this fellow. He was walking around carrying this flag so he called me over and we talked. Where ya from? I asks noticing a strong accent. Kosovo he says – been in this country 47 years.
Ziggy they call him, and he’s from up in my neck of the woods in Waterbury CT. He told me that in 1991 he spent all of his Sundays in New Haven on the Yale campus supporting our troops in the first gulf war. So nephew Mike Johnson of the 82nd Airborne – here’s a guy that was rooting for you!
These shots are of Zuccotti Park. The last time I was there, it was filled with the Occupy Wall Street crowd –Communists, Anarchists and such – and there I was among them with my American flag shirt and Vietnam Veterans hat. I like it a whole lot better this way.
Honoring the victims of 9-11-2001
From the corner of St. Paul’s Chapel looking into the chapel. If you’ve read “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn, I believe this is where the Harbinger tree was uprooted.
The Harbinger tree as it was following 9-11-2001
Prayer in back of the chapel.
Flag of Honor – each victims name appears in this flag inside the chapel
Memorabilia in the form of patches and hats from police and fire departments around the world.
Don Johnson – September 11, 2015