Ever since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, residents of New Jersey have hung the American flag over highway overpasses to show their patriotism. Now the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) is demanding that the flags be removed immediately. A statement from Turnpike Authority Spokesman Tom Feeney is included below courtesy of American Military News.
“While we appreciate the desire of some New Jersey residents to express their patriotism in these turbulent times by displaying flags on Turnpike and Parkway overpasses, Authority regulations do not allow it, and for good reason. The NJTA cannot adequately monitor flags mounted by private citizens to make sure they are safely and securely hung, properly displayed, and respectfully maintained.”
Now, NJTA officials are treating the flags as violations of a statue that bans “any displays, posters, or placards, or display any advertising matter of any kind, regardless of the character or content of the message, on the roadway.”
However, Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, both Republicans, are trying to put a stop to this by introducing a bill that allows the American flag to be displayed over the highway overpasses, thus exempted from the current statue.
This comes after another attempt to ‘cancel’ the mourning of the victims and heroes of that sad day due to COVID, as previously reported by 100%FedUp.
The Tunnel2Towers charity has become the latest group promising to restore this year’s 9/11 “Tribute in Light” memorial after the event was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The two beams of light memorializing the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and the Twin Towers weren’t going to shine this year during an annual tribute in New York due to health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic…until a 9/11 memorial non-profit stepped up to host their own version of the longstanding tradition.
“The ceremonial Towers of Light that shine from NYC in tribute to those lost on 9/11 are an iconic symbol of hope,” the charity said in a statement Friday. “Because Tunnel2Towers is fully committed to the idea that we must NEVER FORGET, the Foundation is doing everything in its power to make sure that the Towers of Light will once again be illuminated.”
The non-profit’s president, Frank Siller, told WCBS News Radio that an “almost identical” light display will be launched near the 9/11 memorial site on the 19th anniversary of the towers falling.
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“It’s going to be a magnificent tribute to those who died,” he said. “We have already secured the lights, and by Monday or Tuesday we will have finished securing the location which is right down by Ground Zero.”
The iconic twin rays of light and the reading of the names of the 2,977 dead had been nixed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in an announcement on Thursday. Instead, the museum was promoting an alternate plan, called “Tribute in Lights,” featuring buildings across the city lighting their facades and spires in blue to mark the 9/11 anniversary.