The French flag waved in the wind at half mast on top of the Seattle Space Needle.
It was raining and a fierce wind was blowing at the time. Yet the Seattle Space Needle had a large French flag flying at half mast atop it on Saturday. A day since the terrorist attacks that shook all of Paris, worldwide support and consolation for France in its time of tragedy were at the top of everyone’s priorities.
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And this huge flag was just a way of showing the world at large that France was a nation of brave warriors whose citizens were stoically united against the evil that was ISIS.
The flag measured 25 by 35 feet. It was custom-made and whisked off to the site of the Seattle Space Needle to be flown at half mast. The spokesman for the Seattle Space Needle said that it was not about any sort of showmanship.
It was a sign of being sensitive to the hurt feelings of the French and just a small token of trying to heal the immense sorrow they felt at the terror attacks.
The citizens of Seattle wanted to show that they were on France’s side 100% of the way. And meanwhile, the Eiffel Tower in Paris remained without any of the usual brilliant lights that keep it resplendent throughout most of the year.
“This is not about us,” Space Needle spokesman Dave Mandapat told Seattle Times. “This is what little we can do to show our support, concern and compassion.”
Meanwhile, the Space Needle might be getting a makeover of some kind. The observation point and elevators need some kind of revamping plan to make things more stable and safe.
The whole scheme has yet to meet the full approval of the concerned authorities. Since the turn of the millennium, the Space Needle has been an important and significant landmark of Seattle.
One of the issues is glare while on the observation point. Furthermore, the glass windows are a frightening prospect. They scare off many an observer who doesn’t dare to feel the scary conditions of vertigo when looking down from that height and vantage point.
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Most visitors love to take photographs while moving around the Seattle Space Needle. Most of the changes in the architectural structure of the huge landmark will be made gradually and imperceptibly so that visitors will not even notice the transformations. Some $20 million will be invested in the metamorphosis of the Seattle Space Needle.