Largest American Flag in the World
- Rebecca F. Everett, Westminster, Maryland
The construction footprint could echo that of the original
edifices and the street level facades could incorporate the
arched motif of the lost buildings. The main building would
be as tall or taller than those that were destroyed.
The general shape of the buildings would be a reference to
the obelisk of the Washington Monument. The shining glass
or other reflective sheathing material would hang on the outside
of the most advanced of constructions, and consist of a deep
blue field, with 50 applied mirrored stars, in the upper left
corners of the East and West facing facades with thirteen
vertical stripes of copper alternating with silver.
The three buildings would be the largest American flags in
the world. The flag motifs would be exactly true to official
flag dimension specifications, and continue down the East
and West facades to just above ground level, where the arched
motif would begin, thus keeping the flag motifs from "touching
the ground". Shining out of the top pyramid of each of the
three obelisk shaped structures would be three lasers, one
red, one white, and one blue.
At the street level on one of the buildings enclosing the
large September 11th Memorial Park, the wall would be deep
blue polished marble or granite. The names of every innocent
person who perished in the attacks would be engraved. The
center gardens would be planted in flowers of red, white and
blue to surround a circular reflecting pool in the shape of
a huge compass, signifying staying true to our course in protecting
and defending Freedom in the United States of America and
in the World.
In a news release dated July 24, 2001 the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey called the World Trade Center "a
world-renowned icon that for three decades has been New York
City's most famous landmark." In that same news release, Port
Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, "The World
Trade Center and its Twin Towers are among the handful of
instantly recognizable structures on the entire planet, like
the Pyramids at Giza or the Great Wall of China."
I feel very strongly that what we choose to replace the
buildings that were the very symbol of our free enterprise
system, and thus, our freedom and democracy, should be a structure
that would be among our boldest of statements.
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