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"Reflecting Absence" and Denying History
January 7, 2004
To The Editor:
As the parent of a young, innocent victim of the deadly mistakes which allowed 9/11 to happen to our country, City and FDNY, I strongly reject all the proposed memorial designs, including the one which was selected.
All of these designs, with their lights, water, and smoke and mirror aspects, look more like a trip to Disneyland in a big box mall. There is absolutely no reminder of the fact that nearly 3,000 people met a cruel and brutal death at the WTC buildings, largely due to neglect on many levels. This is a most blatant attempt to sanitize history on the part of the Port Authority of NY & NJ, the LMDC, and Gov. George Pataki.
As a member organization of the Coalition of 9/11 Families, I want to see this memorial area become a National Historic Landmark. I want the site to be preserved as a tribute to the nearly 3,000 who needlessly lost their lives at the WTC. I want a stirring and respectful memorial that will not allow history to forget that on 9/11/01, a group of demonic, cave dwelling barbarians inflicted on our beloved country and city, the greatest loss of life on American soil since the Civil War.
I want a memorial that is historic, accurate, cautionary, educational, and one that will be an homage to the beautiful, innocent souls who were plucked from life and whose spirits will forever reside on this hallowed ground. Like it or not, this will forever be the burial ground for over 1,000 victims, including my beautiful son, whose remains have never been found. Their memory must be honored by the truth, not fiction.
Finally, I want a memorial and related structures that will not be immune from NYC Building and Fire Dept. Codes! The Port Authority must have its immunities removed before they are allowed to proceed with the new WTC and memorial. It is the height of impunity for Gov. Pataki to allow another WTC which is above the law! This is the very least that the 3,000 dead and the people of NYC deserve.
Skyscraper Safety Campaign
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