Description Sail for America pennant flown in memory of Michael Patrick Iken during a September 2002 commemorative event. "MICHAEL IKEN" is printed in blue in the center.
Historical Notes Native New Yorker Michael Iken lived in Riverdale in the Bronx with his wife, Monica. In summer 2001, he was learning to sail and took Monica out on the Hudson River to admire the view. On September 8, he stayed up late with friends celebrating his birthday with surf and turf and key lime pie. Three days later, Michael, a Euro Brokers broker, was at work on the South Tower’s 84th floor. He was 37 years old.
Curator's Comment Sail for America was a commemorative event held on the first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hundreds of sailboats converged in New York Harbor, flying personalized flags in memory of World Trade Center victims. The event took place on September 14 and 15, and afterward the personalized flags were given to the family members of victims. This pennant with Michael Iken’s name was given to his widow. Iken’s family found the gesture especially meaningful because, at the time of 9/11, he was completing sailing lessons. HIDE