This photo series showcases several members of Team Semper Fi (red and black) near the finish line of the Tunnel to Towers Run held in NYC. One of the members of Team Semper Fi in the photo is Eric Morante. Eric served 3 tours in Iraq. (Read more about Eric Morante on this page. Read more about Team Semper Fi at this link.)
The Tunnel To Towers Run is an event dedicated to the memory and heroic efforts of Stephen Siller of the FDNY. When Stephen Siller’s personal vehicle was prohibited from entering the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel immediately following the 9/11 attacks on the WTC, Stephen Siller then raced on foot through the Battery Tunnel towards the WTC site with his gear strapped to his back.
The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel connects Brooklyn and Manhattan and travels under the East River. The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in North America. The Tunnel to Towers Run retraces Stephen Siller’s footsteps on 9/11/2001. Read more on the Tunnel to Towers website.
A heart filled finish for the Tunnel to Towers 2010 Run-
The US Armed Service Member (unknown name) who ran the Tunnel to Towers Run with his uniform fatigues, boots, and flack vest finished the Tunnel to Towers Run very strong. On the last stretch of the course he carried the American Flag across the finish line. His ending of the Tunnel of Towers Run 2010 brought all the spectators to loud cheers. Within minutes of his finish he then proceeded to run the last stretch the opposite direction with full energy and gear including the American flag to cheer on fellow finishers. As he ran the straight away of the finish the opposite direction he came across a woman wearing a fire department jacket and a t-shirt with Stephen Siller on it. He preceded to hand the American flag to her. She finished the Tunnel to Tower Run with the American flag in her hand. It was the wife of Stephen Siller… Sally Siller.
This photo series helps showcase the above events at the Tunnel to Tower Run of 2010. Posted are 4 images of the sequence with the hand off of the American flag to Sally Siller from the American soldier. It is unknown at this time if the solider knew who he was handing the flag too. Also both the solider and Sally Siller ran great times for a 5k and both did it in heavy equipment. This is clearly evident in the other 2 runners’ expressions in the photos. These 2 runners appear to be running at full speed with just a t-shirt, running shorts, and sneakers with a lot of effort. These 2 runners are 38 years old and 27 years old. In 2008, a Daily News article reported Sally Siller (‘Sarah Siller’) as 41 years old.
This image showcases the Empire State Building with the Tribute in Light in the background. The image was taken from the Top of the Rock which is located at the top of the GE Building (Rockefeller Center).
The observation deck named “Top of the Rock” reopened to the public in November 2005 after undergoing a $75 million renovation. The Top of the Rock had been closed since 1986.
The GE Building was known as the RCA Building until 1988, it is most famous for housing the headquarters of the television network NBC. At 850 feet, the GE Building which is a 70-story building is the 9th tallest building in New York City. Its address is 30 Rockefeller Plaza. (Source: Wikipedia- GE Building)
This image was taken on September 11, 2010 from the Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn around 7:50pm. The upward lights shining high from Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge is the Tribute in Light. Each beam of light represents a tower from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
The Tribute in Light first ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002. The Tribute in Light was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. As of 2010, the Tribute in Light has been repeated every year on September 11. In 2009 it was confirmed that the Tribute in Light would continue through to the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks in 2011. (Source: Wikipedia- Tribute in Light)
The Brooklyn Bridge Park is located on the Brooklyn waterfront of the East River. It is located north of the Brooklyn Bridge and sits between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. The views of both bridges are fantastic. According to the Brooklyn Bridge Park website: “Brooklyn Bridge Park is often referred to as the “Main Street Lot” because it used to be a parking lot! The city now manages this park area and playground. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy oversees other nearby Brooklyn waterfront locations.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Main Street Lot is operated by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Many, many thanks goes out to Fred of Foto Care. Foto Care is located in NYC and from their website:
“At Foto Care, we are extremely passionate about photography but even more passionate about the lifelong journey that photographers embark on. We will do absolutely everything we can to support that journey.” http://fotocare.com/
The person standing in the above photo with the Tribute in Light is Bill Gleason. He is a former FDNY Lieutenant for EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and worked at Ground Zero following the attack on the WTC.
I photographed the 2010 Tribute in Light and traveled to several different locations throughout the night. These locations were the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center), and to the actual location of the Tribute Lights. I took a 360VR in each Tower of Light. This is a first for me.
The weather and the sunset at the Brooklyn Bridge was fantastic and allowed for great photographs. In 2009 it rained and the clouds were very low in elevation blocking the Tribute Lights throughout the night. This past year it seemed to me that many more people visited the Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2010 than in the past. It was difficult to find a parking space on the street in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) because of the increased crowd size. Like the Meat Packing District of Lower Manhattan, DUMBO has seen a great revitalization of it’s neighbor. Also much of the crowd at the park had a tripod and a camera. The digital camera revolution has really taken hold.
Photos of the Tribute in Light 2010 will probably be posted in a week or so. Please check back. The Tribute in Light 2010 photos have been posted to Yellowecho.
Yellowecho has not seen many updates recently. However Yellowecho’s sister site named CatskillSearch.com has been updated a lot this past summer.
In case you missed it- I took a 360VR of the Mount Utsayantha Firetower located in Stamford, NY last year. It appears as if the camera is in mid air. The person in the image is not me- I am hidden.
In the uppermost photograph of one of the ‘Tribute in Light’, the camera uses a very wide angle lens to allow the top of each light source. According Wikipedia, 44 lights are used to form one beam.
Yellowecho took a similar photograph last year but because of the weather differences the results are completely different. In 2009 it rained for much of the night and the clouds were very low in the sky. This caused the Tribute in Light to be blocked from view many throughout the night as the clouds raced across the NYC skies.