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|Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:29 pm Post subject: LETTERS TO NY TIMES
From Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:00 am to Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:59 am (included)
|As you probably know by now the letters below appeared in the NY Times:
To the Editor:
Re ďA Public MemorialĒ (editorial, Jan. 29), about the listing of the 9/11 victimsí names: It is not just a small group of family members who are objecting to the recent decision by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg about how to list the names of those murdered. In fact, just about every family group representing the families has endorsed the proposal to list the rank, age and affiliation of those who perished in each tower.
We would hope that the ranks of the police officers, firefighters, the military rank of those from the Pentagon, the pilots, stewardesses and the plain working people and all others be remembered and identified for what they were instead of just by a name.
The history needs to be told. The families will never forget, but the tourists will never know.
New Rochelle, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2007
The writers are the parents of Glenn Davis Kirwin, 40, who died on 9/11.
To the Editor:
I agree with you that itís time to end the design phase of the 9/11 memorial. I respect the feelings of this group of 9/11 families, but prolonging this discussion prevents progress for those of us who lost family members and are ready to move on.
Also, as noted, this is a public memorial, and personally, I donít think that the details the group is seeking will be terribly meaningful to anyone 20 years from now.
Letís just get the memorial finished; doing so will serve many.
New York, Jan. 29, 2007
[The writer is the sister of FDNY FF Edward Day, who was 45 at the time of his death.]
It appears once again that the media is trying to make it appear that family members are equally spilt over this.
The fact is that the Times has received numerous letters supporting our position that they have not published.
The same can be said about our letters pertaining to the current search.
The Times is not alone. Most of the papers in NY and NJ engage in the same type of selective reporting.
We ask all of you to sign our petition http://www.savethe911memorial.com/petition.html
and also write a letter to the NY Times the Daily News and the NY Post.
CC us on the letters so we can post how many letters were sent. firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also post all letters we receive.
We have also attached a copy of the petition if you would like to collect signatures off line.
WTC MEMORIAL NAMES PETITION
WE THE UNDERSIGNED:
Reject the World Trade Center Memorial Foundationís plans to list the names of those brave and innocent victims who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 and on February 26th, 1993 in no discernable order. Instead we support the thousands of 9/11 family members, friends, survivors and fellow Americans who witnessed these historic attacks and who want them properly remembered.
Agree with the 9/11 families that the arrangement of names at the WTC Memorial must answer the following questions: What was the victimís name? How old was he/she? Where did he/she work? Where was he/she on 9/11?
Agree that the names must be arranged so that we can find them without the use of outside devises such as kiosks. Civilians should be grouped and identified by their affiliation and listed alphabetically within them. Uniformed services personnel (including airline crew) should be grouped and identified by their affiliation and listed in rank order with their rank designations preceding their names. Additionally, all victims should be identified by age.
Call upon the Governor, the Mayor and directors of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation board to listen to the thousands of relatives whose losses are undiminished by time, including the more than 1,100 families whose loved oneís remains were never identified and who were denied a final resting place, and whose pain will be increased by a memorial that erases who their loved ones were in life, and to reject the Mayorís proposed listing of names and implement the Family Names Proposal as depicted on www.savethe911memorial.org
PLEASE RETURN PETITIONS TO: SAVE THE 9/11 MEMORIAL
199 Water Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Name: (Please print) __________________________
Phone (optional) ________________________ email __________________________