Before tonight’s vigil, a look at Alki, exactly 10 years ago

These first two photos are from September 11th, 2001, when the first night after the 9/11 attacks brought the first gathering at Alki’s Statue of Liberty, and they are by John Loftus. He thinks he might have been the only person to take photos that night.

John tells WSB, “I had an early (2 megapixel) digital camera and was able to shoot discreetly without using flash. The objects left at the Statue of Liberty have been extensively photographed, but I don’t know that there are other photos capturing the images and mood of the people at the shrine that same night it happened. When the Log House Museum did a show on the 1st anniversary, one of my photos was blown up 6 feet long, I recall.” Today, John placed a framed poster at Liberty Plaza, with a collage of his photos. WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand captured an image of it this morning, even before we heard from him about it; we published a wide shot this morning, but here’s a closer view:

He says he visited the Log House Museum 9/11 display this afternoon and that his photos were indeed the only ones in the album from that first night. Meantime, tonight’s vigil, organized by the museum, is coming up at the top of the hour (7 pm).

4 Replies to "Before tonight's vigil, a look at Alki, exactly 10 years ago"

  • Cait September 11, 2011 (7:58 pm)

    West Seattle High School’s 2002 yearbook has a two page spread of photos as well – glad to see similar pictures here.

  • Jaime Pisaruck September 11, 2011 (10:15 pm)

    The picture of the two little girls – those are my daughters! I have never seen this picture before and would love to have a print. Thanks for posting!

    • WSB September 11, 2011 (10:16 pm)

      Jaime – I’ll ask John if I can forward you his e-mail address. – TR

  • Diane September 11, 2011 (10:45 pm)

    great to hear more about 1st photo; I saw this pic of the 2 girls today in the huge album of memorabilia at the Log House Museum; it’s on the same page as the letter I left at Lady Liberty Statue, near back of the book; so Jaime, your daughter’s picture is in the historical archives; would love to see what your girls look like now; I met a girl today who was 8 mos old back then; and a teen boy who was 3 yrs old; tonight he was looking for the luminaria that he made 10 yrs ago, as we were filling them with sand for this evening’s event
    also glad to hear story behind framed collage of photos at statue tonight; I didn’t get a chance to look at it up close; hope it’s still there for a couple days so I can get back down to see the details in the photos

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