Month Eleven: July
|Terrorist hunting permit|
|For whom he saved the Union|
I haven’t been here for years.
|Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial|
|Ring around the monument|
|S T O P|
|Flags and barriers|
There are some new additions to the familiar monuments.
|New fences on the Capitol lawn|
|Maryland Ave closed|
I catch only a small glimpse of the Pentagon.
|Ramp closed 500 ft|
And my favorite agency is impossible to visit.
This year, the 4th of July doubles as a small family reunion.
|Little Swiss Village, Minocqua|
|Home of the Hodag|
We visit all the old haunts,
|38 stars (1877-1890)|
light our legal fireworks,
|U.S. Nylon Banner|
|Made in China|
|Press tummy to hear prayer|
and notice some new products at Wal·Mart.
|Tray of $$|
|Prices have dropped|
There are new products in New York, too, and not just the “Free Martha” t-shirts.
|I Heart NY Lottery|
|As tall or taller|
|Now pitching for Seattle ...|
Papers on the walls of the city, some new, some torn, some faded.
|Godd Bless America|
And some just esoteric.
I haven’t been down to the World Trade Center site in over a month.
The perimeter has been pushed back, and there are new green tarps. These tarps seem to be stitched up regularly.
|Through the looking hole|
But, the following afternoon the closed holes have been pulled open again.
|Over and under|
|9 to 9|
|No tickets necessary|
There is a new, larger viewing platform, and the old Fulton Street platform is in pieces.
It doesn’t take more than a day or two to remove.
The new platform is on Liberty Street, just south of the site.
|A new view|
Chain-link fences keep everyone in line.
|Red, yellow, blue, orange|
|Thank You America|
|Looking back toward Church Street|
|Yes, it will|
Mid-month, the city announces some staggering figures: 1,500,000 tons of rubble, 50,000 personal items, and 20,000 body parts have been removed from the site.
10,000 of those body parts have not yet been identified.
|7 floors down|
Even with a fence in between, the scale of the project hits hard.
|Everyone touches the fence|