April 13, 2002—Ground
Zero Plus 214
Extinguishing The Shafts Of Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, April 13--Tonight the shafts of
Vigilance go dark.
Part of me is sad.
The lights, two blue
beacons that have been speared their way to the underbelly of Heaven
each night from Ground Zero as a tribute to the victims and heroes
of Nine Eleven will be turned off after tonight.
It's a money thing.
The price of Vigilance
has its limits.
On March 11th, the
six-month anniversary of the Terrorist attack, 88 searchlights were
turned on by Valerie Webb, 12, daughter of Port Authority police officer
Nathaniel Webb who is one of many hundred still missing and presumed
The nightly memorial
is called the Tribute Of Lights. It has been shining into the
celestial night from dusk until 11 p.m. each night since March 11th.
But tonight is the last night.
Funding for the tribute
has been exhausted.
The sky will go dark
I wonder about the
impact of Complacency. Will Vigilance go dark also?
When the sky goes
dark, how many will forget to remember?
When I walk around
the city at night, I look up and have such a good feeling. I
know someone is looking out for my children and grandchildren--the
Sentinels of Vigilance are awake, alert, keeping an eye on all those
who might attempt to threaten our security.
I will be sad when
the lights die.
I will wonder what
the price of Vigilance is--obviously more than the City of New York
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