Brooklyn Eagle was the first to come up with ideas for the 9/11 tribute

In 2001, just a month after September 11, The Brooklyn Eagle suggested, in writing, that a memorial be established immediately to begin the commemoration. The Eagle suggested, in a primitive sketch, that two beams of light be projected into the sky from Ground Zero. Responding early to the need for remembrance, Eagle staff worked in a building at 30 Henry Street, adjoining the Middagh Street fire station for engine 205 and scale 118. The fire station suffered inconceivable losses. , eliminating more than half of the building staff. As thousands of people made their way home via the Brooklyn Bridge, many made their way to Eagle’s office in Middagh and Henry to drop off Polaroid photos they had taken in lower Manhattan, or random objects that had fallen from the turns. Shocked by the shells and covered in dust, they were sadly incoherent and somehow thought they should share something with the diary office. Many didn’t seem to want to take anything home except themselves.

“One woman looked catatonic, as we all felt that day,” recalls an Eagle staff member. “She handed me a Polaroid photo of a human hand lying in the dusty street.”

“It was so horrible,” the staff member said, “and inexplicably tender… she seemed to want to get rid of the photo and thought maybe a newspaper could use it to explain what had happened more. early in the day. ” The woman didn’t say anything, but as she turned to leave the Eagle reception area, she said, “This is the only photo I took… I couldn’t go on. “

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