2002-09-21 / Letters

Sail For America 2002

Sail For America 2002

Dear Editor;

This past weekend, I participated in the "Sail For America" event in the lower harbor of New York. The harbor was filled with nearly one thousand sailboats. Large yachts and small boats alike, they gathered to sail in the harbor to remember the people lost on September 11.

It was intended by organizers of the "Sail For America" event that the strong turnout of sailboats in our harbor, skippered by patriotic sailors would display a symbolic rebirth for the city of New York. The event was a smashing success, and attracted thousands of spectators along the New York and New Jersey shores. Spectators told of warm splendor seeing such a display of beauty as only a boat under sail can represent.

Participating yachts flew memorial flags, each flag with the name of a victim of the World Trade Center and tragedy and all others that died on September 11, 2001. Upon completion of the event, the memorial flags were turned over to the families of the victims.

Upon sailing up to the site of the World Trade Center, we rang a ship's bell once and spoke the name of a person who was once a friend and is now gone, a victim of this national tragedy. We also rang our bell once and remembered all the victims of September 11.

Sail for America was a day of remembrance, hope and beauty.


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