12 Noon, SUNDAY, September 23 NEW YORK, NY
World Trade Center Support
Fifers & Drummers gathered and playing patriotic tunes in front of statue of Abraham Lincoln, Union Square, NYC, September 23, 2001.
On the 23rd of September, at high noon, a group of fifers, drummers, & Color Guard people, met in Union Square (corner 14th & Lexington), to play and show support for the people of this wonderful city and for America. The Circle of friendship was formed in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln, where we opened with the National Anthem, followed by the Battle Hymn of the Republic, followed by numerous patriotic and traditional tunes. We took the liberty of renaming a traditional favorite. The "Downfall of Paris" somehow became the "Downfall of Terror" to the delight of our audience! Our little group (about 50) included members from the NY Ancients, Black River, Connecticut Rebels, Ancient Mariners, Quahogs (sp??), the Posse, Liberty Fifes & Drums of St. Petersburg, Florida, Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes & Drums.
(I was there representing the last TWO corps.) I am sure that there were other corps represented here beyond those named and I apologize if I missed naming your corps.
A second "concert " was then played at a different location in the park. We then formed up and marched an impromptu parade to the south end of the park where a kind of "peace vigil" was very much in evidence ...candles, posters, signs, a group that looked like Buddist monks sitting and thumping on a single drum.
At the risk of stealing their "thunder", we march through this area raucously playing Yankee Doodle & Battle Hymn. We stopped (briefly) to let off those who were NOT going back to Grand Central Station (28 blocks to the North). Then, the parade re-formed and went the distance to Grand Central Station, playing everything we could think of ... right past the Empire State Building. It felt so good to just SEE that building, that I broke out the camera from my haversack and snapped the photo shown above (at a little tipsy angle) as we went along playing.
I just received this information from Roberta Allen in Colorado:
Greetings From Colorado. We also were part of a musical tribute to those casualties of the WTC attack. It was a four hour event and all funds collected were donated to the Red Cross.
A tip of the Tri-Cornered Hat to our friends in Colorado.
We will Remember the WTC !!!