The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has laid bare great fissures in American society. A principal fault line is that between the so-called “essential” and “non-essential” workers, the former bearing a significantly greater burden throughout the darkest days of our contemporary plague. In honor of their sacrifices, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, June 23, announced plans for a Circle of Heroes memorial to be constructed within Manhattan’s Battery Park.
Plans for the memorial date back to April 2021, when Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the Essential Workers Monument Advisory Committee. The Committee is largely composed of public and private union leaders who advised the state on potential locations for the
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