Never before has mankind been faced with such potential. Despite the hysterical, Nazi-imitation tirade against Russia and Vladimir Putin currently pervasive on American mainstream news, the American people have been captured by a higher sense of truth, one far above the cult-like adherence to popularly accepted wrong opinions that has predominated our nation’s policy for the last 16 years. The Russian-American alliance which is now developing with the incoming Trump administration is of the greatest importance to mankind’s long term happiness.
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, the date for the Orthodox Christian Christmas, the Schiller Institute Chorus, along with NYPD Ceremonial unit led by Lt. Tony Giorgio, the Bayonne Fire Department, plus representatives of the U.N. Russian Mission, 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism representative Terry Strada, and other civic groups and leaders, congregated at the little known, but heartfelt Russian-donated, tear-drop memorial located on the dry docks of Bayonne, to honor the Russians artists and others who tragically died in a plane accident on their way to Syria on December 25, 2016.
Among those who perished were several very promising, young journalists; the plane crew; a very well-known humanitarian doctor, Dr. Elizaveta Glinka, who was on her way to Syria to bring medical supplies to the Syrian children; and the entirety of the Red Army Chorus, or the Alexandrov Ensemble, with all sixty-four members plus their director.
It was this same chorus which performed a heart-warming version of “God Bless America” in 2011, on behalf of the NYPD at the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, held in Quebec. The Russian baritone soloist, Grigory Osipov, who lead the performance of this American patriotic song, is one of the sixty-four who perished in the Russian Tu-154 plane which crashed this past Christmas morning.
Mrs. Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Chairwoman of the Schiller Institute, provided this statement on the occasion of the January 7th memorial event:
“Putting the relationship between Russia and the U.S. together is the most important precondition for solution of all other problems in the world. If there is no peace between U.S. and Russia—and more than peace, friendship and a spirit of cooperation—the world is in existential danger. Thus, the hopeful potential which exists with the incoming American President to go in this direction, is the most important precedent for everything else. Today’s Bayonne, N.J. event, which the Schiller Institute is proud to contribute to, is meant to be a first step to demonstrate this spirit of solidarity, friendship and humanity.”
The contributions of the NYC Schiller Institute Chorus began the proceedings with the Russian National Anthem, which was composed by the Alexander Alexandrov, as well as the American National Anthem, with the NYPD, Bayonne FD, and American Legion providing the national flags. The comments which followed from the various participants express the true quality of American identity, and are the sentiments which must propel our new government forward.
In order of presentation:
First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, Mr. Petr Iliichev: “It’s helpful when you’re grieving, and you are not alone, your friends are around to offer you their compassion, their heartwarming solidarity. We value very much your sympathy and your solidarity.
“It’s said that when words fail, music speaks. Arts and culture are meant to bring peace to people. So once again, I’m very grateful for Schiller Institute Chorus for what they have done, and all of you who are present here. Thank you.”
Mrs. Terry Strada of the 9/11 Families: “Tragedies like this can bring a nation together. Today, it is bringing two nations together, and I hope you find comfort in knowing we feel your pain and mourn your loss, too. Russia wanted us, the American people, to have a memorial for the fallen heroes and the citizens lost and killed on 9/11, with a tear-drop, representing that the world cried with us. Thank you for your kindness and support. Today we offer you the same. Thank you.”
Capt. Don Haiber of Training Unit of the Bayonne Fire Department: “In the darkness after 9/11, this monument helped to bring hope and light to the many people who visited here. It is now our turn to repay that kindness back to Russia. This small token of our sympathy, hopefully, will bring a touch of hope and light back to the Russian people.
“On a personal level, I’m honored to be here today, as I was actually at the Ground Zero, working with my brother firemen for a few days. And may the peace and hope that I feel when I am here be conveyed back to your country. It is at times like this that we are neither Americans nor Russians, but we are human beings who feel loss and genuinely wish peace and happiness to one another.”
Lt. Tony Giorgio of the NYPD Ceremonial Unit: “As Mr. Iliichev said, sometimes the words fail, but the music never fails. And even though we spoke two different languages, we spoke the universal language of music which always gives us hope, comfort, and peace, and that’s all we want in this world—those three things.”
Diane Sare, Conductor of the S.I. Chorus and a member of the LaRouchePAC Policy Committee: “The loss of the chorus was particularly great, because as everyone who sings in a chorus knows, the combination of our voices is greater than each of us individually, or each of us added up as parts. Each and every one of us is going to die. But we hope that mankind will be immortal. If we can each think of ourselves as unique voices in a great chorus which stands across generations and across continents, then the universe will resound with the beauty of mankind.”
It is noteworthy that President-elect Donald Trump, who has been under increasing pressure to conform with the Russian hysteria coming from the Wall St.-dominated political establishment, responded on this same Saturday morning during the event in Bayonne with one of his characteristic tweets:
“Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only ‘stupid’ people, or fools, would think that it is bad! We have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!”
A Russian-American alliance is the first step towards a new world order based upon universal human development. The next step for the Trump administration, and our renewed federal government, is the immediate reenactment of Glass-Steagall legislation. Petitions are now circulating calling for President-elect Trump to again call for this legislation during his Inaugural or State of the Union address. Such action would be a signal to the world that the true United States, the one of Lincoln and LaRouche, is once again acting upon the great stage of history for mankind’s benefit.
Watch the full ceremony at the Teardrop Memorial in Bayonne, NJ.