|The White Flag. Photo: MK Metz, McBrooklyn|
Pilgrims made their way along the Brooklyn Bridge's walkway at sunrise, pointing to to the stone towers, in what is now being referred to as "The Miracle of the White Flags."
A Hispanic woman surrounded by kneeling children, wearing white and praying on white rosary beads, called out repeatedly, "En la tierra como en el ciel!" as NYPD officers cordoned off an area to prevent crushing from the growing crowds. "Keep it moving!" they ordered the pilgrims.
A man sold T-shirts with a picture of the flags on the tower next to a picture of a lunar landing module and the word, "Believe!"
"I was here when they took it down," he said, waving his arms in the direction of the west tower. "That's where it was."
He added, "It was white."
A man who said his name was Elmo sold bottles of water to members of a Canadian tour group at three dollars a pop.
"We wanted to see where it happened," said Olivia Norris, of Calgary, on tour with her mother Emma.
A man distributing pamphlets, who refused to give his name, said, "White flag has nine letters. And there's two towers. One-one. That's all I'm gonna say. What don't they want us to know?"
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