The ‘September 11 Museum’ was dedicated on May 15 (2014). and opened to the public on May 21. Its exhibits include 23,000 images, 10,300 artifacts, nearly 2,000 oral histories of those killed – mostly provided by friends and families – and over 500 hours of video.
The underground museum has artifacts from ‘September 11’ (2001), including steel from the ‘Twin Towers’ (such as the final steel, the last piece of steel to leave Ground Zero in May 2002). It is built at the former location of Fritz Koenig ‘The Sphere’, a large metallic sculpture placed in the middle of a large pool between the ‘Twin Towers’. Battered but intact after the attacks, ‘The Sphere’ was moved to be displayed at ‘Battery Park’. In December (2011), museum construction halted temporarily due, according to the ‘Associated Press’, to disputes between the ‘Port Authority’ of ‘New York’ and ‘New Jersey’ and the ‘National September 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation’ over responsibility for infrastructure costs.
On March 13 (2012), talks on the issue began and construction resumed. After a number of false opening reports, it was announced that the museum would open to the public on May 21 (2014). The museum was dedicated on May 15 (2014). In attendance were a range of dignitaries, from ‘President Barack Obama’, former ‘President Bill Clinton’, former ‘Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’ and ‘New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’ to former mayors ‘David Dinkins’, ‘Rudy Giuliani’ and ‘Michael Bloomberg’ and current mayor ‘Bill de Blasio’. During the hour-long ceremony LaChanze sang “Amazing Grace”, which she dedicated to her husband (who was killed in the World Trade Center that day).
During the five days between its dedication and the public opening, over 42,000 first responders and family members of ‘9/11’ victims visited the museum. An opening ceremony for the museum was held on May 21, during which twenty-four police officers and firefighters unfurled the restored 30-foot (9.1 m) national ‘9/11’ flag before it was brought into the museum for permanent display. The gates surrounding the museum were then taken down, marking their first removal since the attacks. Opening-day tickets quickly sold out. Despite the museum’s design (to evoke memories without additional distress), counselors were available during its opening due to the large number of visitors.
‘Flag Day’ is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the ‘United States’, which happened on that day in (1777) by resolution of the ‘Second Continental Congress’. In (1916), President ‘Woodrow Wilson’ issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as ‘Flag Day’; in August (1949), ‘National Flag Day’ was established by an ‘Act of Congress’.
On June 14, (1937), Pennsylvania became the first (and only) ‘United States’ state to celebrate ‘Flag Day’ as a state holiday, beginning in the town of ‘Rennerdale’. ‘New York Statutes’ designate the second Sunday in June as ‘Flag Day’, a state holiday.
The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week.” During ‘National Flag Week’, the president will issue a proclamation urging ‘United States’ citizens to fly the ‘American’ flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings.
Some organizations hold parades and events in celebration of ‘America’ national flag and everything it represents. The ‘National Flag Day Foundation’ holds an annual observance for ‘Flag Day’ on the second Sunday in June. The program includes a ceremonial raising of the flag, recitation of the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’, singing of the national anthem, a parade and more.
· Like Anth J. Tru on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1j1RkAh
· Follow Anth J. Tru on Twitter: http://bit.ly/ThUWrD
A ‘United States’ federal holiday which is celebrated every year remembering the men and women who died while serving in the ‘United States Armed Forces’.
Many volunteers place an ‘American flag’ on each grave in national cemeteries, in (1906) that the first ‘Civil War’ soldier’s grave ever decorated was in ‘Warrenton’, ‘Virginia’, on June 3 (1861), implying the first ‘Memorial Day’ occurred there.
On ‘Memorial Day’, the flag of the ‘United States’ is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon, the half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.
One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the ‘Indianapolis 500’, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with ‘Memorial Day’ since (1911).
And for many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on ‘Memorial Day’ in large and small cities all over the country.