By Gretchen Berger
A somber candlelight vigil was held on Thursday, January 6, in Verdi Square (73rd/Broadway) to commemorate and shed light on the Capitol Insurrection that happened just a year ago. Hundreds of people attended in solidarity and defense of democracy.
A frequent refrain from the crowd was a chorus of “Not on our watch!”
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Speakers included Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Dr. Nori Rost of the New York Ethical Culture Society, the Rev. Emmanuel Asse of the National Action Network, Rev. Schuyler Vogel of the Fourth Universalist Society, among others. All the speakers echoed Benjamin Franklin’s famous phrase, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Rep. Nadler commented on what a difficult task lay ahead with so much on the line.
And yes, there was also music – singing! A Battle Hymn redux retitled “Battle Hymn for Democracy,” and “We Shall Overcome,” also with some new lines.