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Ground Zero Rite: A Widow's Anguish
NY Times - Letters to the Editor - 05/31/02
To the Editor:
Re "The Last Steel Column" (editorial, May 30):
I am the widow of Richard Gabrielle, who died on Sept. 11.
As the last steel beam is carried out of the "pit" at
ground zero, and rescue and recovery workers finally go home to their
families and back to a "normal" life, we, the victims' families, continue
to grieve and ask why. The closing of "the pit" does not change one iota
how this tragedy has affected our lives. Each day, we wake up wondering
what happened to our loved one. Each day, we relive the horror of what
they must have felt. The closing of the pit will have only one effect on
us: the resolve to find the truth.
Now is the time to focus on getting answers. Why were 3,000
innocent souls slaughtered? Why did the towers collapse? What did the
government not tell us? What can be done to ensure that this kind of
horror never happens again?
We, the surviving families of the innocent victims, have an
obligation to demand answers. We have an obligation to do all we can to
prevent a repeat of the tragedy that we live with every day.
This is the legacy we can leave our loved ones.
Skyscraper Safety Campaign
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