Elected officials and Upper East Side residents mourned the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack on its first anniversary Thursday.
Supporters of former President Trump who attempted to prevent the peaceful transition of presidential power and transform America into an autocracy may have failed to enact their coup, but not before leading to five lives lost during the insurrection.
Remembering the assault and the deaths that occurred, a candlelight vigil was held in Carl Schurz Park on 86 Street and East End Avenue. Attendees filed into the park clutching signs denouncing the attack. Collecting candles, participants joined with elected officials such as Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Councilman Keith Powers in song.