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September 11th Memorial Banner “We the People
48 States, 72 Days, 21,000 Miles - Creating a Message of Peace, Love & Unity
The origination of the September 11th Memorial Banner project known across America as “We the People” began with a photograph of the World Trade Towers and St Peter's Church that Michael Joseph had made on October 19, 2000 titled “In God We Trust”. A petition with over 12,000 signatures was delivered to the US Postal Service to have the image considered for a Commemorative United States Stamp and is currently on file with the United States Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee for future consideration.
On July 4, 2002 in Ft Lauderdale, FL, the "We the People" memorial banner was first created with one 4 x16 foot section imprinted with the "In God We Trust" photograph. Michael Joseph invited communities to join together with, Firefighters, Police Officers, and Emergency Rescue Personnel, “to write a message of peace and love in memory of September 11th”.
The grass roots effort visited all 48 Contiguous United States, took 72 days, and over 21,000 miles. The banner grew to 40 x 50 feet, and covered with over 30,000 signatures inscribed with colorful ink pens. Amongst them are Rudy Giuliani, Spencer Abrahams, Joseph Allbaugh, Jeb Bush, Jessie Ventura, Jon Hansen, and Peter Max.
Michael Joseph had visited several significant historical locations including The Sixth Floor Museum, Oklahoma City National Memorial, Shanksville, PA - Flight 93 Site, Washington DC, and The Port Authority NY & NJ. On September 11, 2002, the patriotic journey commenced at St. Peters Church in conjunction with the One Year Memorial Anniversary Service being held at nearby Ground Zero. He anticipates giving the important artifact to either the Smithsonian Institute or the future NYC September 11th Museum for preservation and future generations to behold.