What are we doing?
We are New Yorkers. But, you don't have to be to know the New York City skyline isn't the same without the Twin Towers. And, as much as we would like the 9/11 memorial lights to be on permanently, they are simply unable to operate every night.
So we are making a bright and powerful tribute that will be a permanent fixture of the New York City skyline for years to come.
We hope that when people see these lights, they will not only remember the brave men and women we lost on 9/11, but also all of our nation's veterans and troops currently serving in Afghanistan.
What have we done so far?
Tons of research, more reading than we thought possible, and then even more research and reading. Here's a quick rundown of what we know:
The lights are unable to stay on every night, mainly because they are too expensive (est. $3.5 million). So we reached out to a company that will handle everything from permits to installation for only $200,000. And thanks to the energy efficient lasers they will use, this tribute will be on every night of the year!
What we need to do next
1) Most importantly, we need you to make a pledge and spread the word. We can't make this happen without you, so donate what you can and tell your friends why they should, too!
2) Our most immediate next step is to find the right location, but we're currently searching to lock one in as soon as possible. However, if you know a building in lower Manhattan that has a secure roof and available space, we'd love to hear your suggestions.
Once these two steps are taken care of, the lights will take approximately 12-16 weeks to create. So, with your support, we can have them turned on for the first time this May 27th, Memorial Day!
Where is the money going?
When we reach our goal of $200,000, Lightwave will provide all the necessary hardware & installation, obtain a federal variance and FAA clearance to operate the equipment, and provide all other miscellaneous filings/paperwork this project will require.
However, any funding raised beyond our goal will be used to pay for maintenance fees (which will go a long way since they will be minimal), as well as make the lights brighter and more visible for everybody to enjoy.
But remember, this is an "all or nothing" campaign, so if we don't reach our goal, we can't make this happen. But fortunately, we have a secret weapon to make sure we Turn On The Lights; your support!
So let's make this happen!
Risks and challenges
Throughout this process, we feel the most important thing we can do is be transparent, so if we have any updates or setbacks, our supporters will be the first to know.
And since this project is all of ours, we'd love to hear what you think, so be sure to hit us up if you have any comments or suggestions!
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