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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 4:54 pm    Post subject: HEARTS AND HANDS UPDATE 6/3
From Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:00 am to Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:59 am (included)
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You walk into the entrance of the Memorial and you are greeted by friendly volunteers from our local High Schools or Colleges or maybe by a senior citizen who is volunteering that day.The entrance facility will have some portraits or personal reminders that have been created since 9/11.Maybe the Flag of Honor or Scott LoBaido’s “Americans”.

Each time you come you will probably see something different as these will be rotating displays.

If you like you can make an appointment to record a personal memory about a family member or a friend.

You could also sign up to be a volunteer or a contributor to some of the numerous educational programs that are being developed.

Or you can either proceed to your left to view the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt or you could proceed to the right into the Corridor of Memories

If you go to the left you will enter a single exhibition hall with over 10,000 square feet of open floor space and will be able to walk through aisles displaying the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt.

142 10 ½ by 10 ½ panels each containing 25 quilt patches memorializing one of the victims of 9/11.These patches were made by people from all over the world and there is at least one patch representing every victim.You will be able to feel the love that went into this very personal memorial

Family members will also be able to add items to the patches.

Visitors will also be able to tie knots into panels that are under repair.

Anyone will also be able to leave a personal recording of their experience or listen to personal memories of those who have gone before them.

If upon entering the memorial you go to your right you will enter our corridor of memories.

The corridor is over 250 feet in length and nearly 3,000 square feet of floor space.

On the walls of the corridor will be photos of all of the victims of the attacks.

The photos will be arranged in alphabetical order by affiliation.

The affiliations will also be arranged in alphabetical order to ensure that visitors can easily find their loved ones photo.

Under each photo will be the name, rank if required, age and location of the victim on 9/11.

The roof of the corridor will be arched Plexiglas onto which will be etched the names of all of the victims in a totally random fashion.

We hope to enable visitors to look up into the sky and feel that their loved ones are watching over them still.

The corridor continues in a circular direction and leads visitors into another corridor that leads back into the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt Exhibition Hall.

The corridors and Exhibition Hall will totally enclose a 21,000 Square Foot Memorial Garden.

The garden will consist of floral arrangements and outdoor monuments and provide a place for peaceful meditation and contemplation.

Surrounding the garden on the exterior walls of the corridors will be glass enclosed viewing areas so that visitors will se able to experience the garden even in bad weather.

Their will also be a chapel connected to the corridor for anyone who would like to say a prayer.

This Memorial will not be at Ground Zero but a short distance away on Staten Island.

Close enough to Ground Zero but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan.

The Memorial complex will be nearly 1,000 feet from any major road.

It will not be a tourist attraction but rather a compliment to the WTC Memorial at Ground Zero.

A place where anyone but in particular family members will be able to go to quietly reflect and remember their loved ones.

It will also be a place to remember how everyone came together after 9/11 to support the families of those who were lost.

We will be reaching out to all family groups for input.

We will also be reaching out to individual family members for their ideas as well.

We want your input, we need your input to make this work.

This is Phase I of our Hearts and Hands Complex.

Additional phases will hopefully include:

9/11 Family Museum

Public Library

Veterans Center

Senior/Youth Center.

Working with the Joseph Maffeo Foundation and United in Memory we hope to fill the void left in our world, by the passing of our loved ones, we are taking a positive, proactive approach - instilling goodness and decency in our world so that all who were lost will always be our beams of light towards a better tomorrow.

We plan to include educational programs and incorporate a mobile computer lab which will allow family members to record their memories. It will also be used to bring computer access to disadvantaged students and seniors throughout Staten Island.

This memorial will not be cheap but it will not cost $350 Million either.

Initial estimate for Phase I is approximately $15 Million.

Once the Memorial Foundation reaches its goal we will begin a fundraising effort.

We hope that we can count on you to be a part of this.

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact me at 718-619-2371 or dennis.mckeon@where-to-turn.org

Please share this with all of your distributions.

Thank You,

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