A Trump-supporting boaters group is set to hold a non-political 9/11 remembrance in the waters off of Lower Manhattan on the terror attack’s 19th anniversary Friday.
The TrumpStock 9/11 Memorial, which is sponsored by Boaters for Trump New York, say they are looking for a bipartisan turnout — focused more on the somber anniversary and in support of Big Apple first-responders than on politics.
In fact, invitations are going to supporters of President Trump and vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“One email is going to the Trump campaign, one is going to the Biden campaign so they can send someone to attend,” co-organizer Evi Kokalari said Wednesday. “If they refuse, that’s on them. We’re still going ahead. We’re going to do it.
“We’re doing this for New York, to raise the spirit of New Yorkers,” she added. “We’re not going out there to show support for the president. I mean, I’m sure the president knows we support him. This is completely doing something for New Yorkers because everybody that is joining is from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.”
The event comes as the city’s annual commemoration of the terror attacks will be severely scaled back this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The flotilla will include as many as 1,000 flags supporting the NYPD, and a reading of the names of victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, Kokalari said.
There will also be moments of silence at 9:59 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., the times when the towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I was here two years when 9/11 happened and it was traumatizing for a lot of us,” said Kokalari, an Albanian immigrant from Queens. “But, believe it or not, that was the time that I loved New York. I said this is my hometown and I’m never leaving again.”
More than 150 participants have signed up on a Facebook page for the event, with the boats to gather off the North Cove Marina near Battery Park City near Ground Zero, by 9 a.m.
Trump boat parades have become common throughout the country as he seeks re-election in November.
Dozens of boaters took to the waters near the Statue of Liberty in June to show their support for the president, and another “Trumptilla” of more than 1,000 vessels cruised off the shores of Queens in June.
On Saturday, several boats in a Trump flotilla on Lake Travis in Texas sank during one floating parade. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported.
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