Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:44 pm Post subject: Family Response to Mike Kelly's Article
From Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:00 am to Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:59 am (included)
I just wanted to respond to your commentary in The Record on July 26th. I am a 9/11 widow and believe you "hit the nail on the head" in your article entitled, Site Shift Dishonors Memory of Sept. 11 Victims.
The city has totally disrespected those that were murdered as well as their families. Talk about sacred ground! The former site of the World Trade Center is a burial ground and proof of that gets haphazardly uncovered as more and more remains are discovered regularly. The haste in getting Lower Manhattan back to normal has no doubt destroyed the possibility of recovery and identification of those who were lost.
It is such a shame that construction workers will continue to function at the very site, on the anniversary of the day where so many lost their lives. They have shown such compassion in the past and I cannot understand how a normal day of construction can carry on, as usual, on Tuesday Sept. 11, 2007.
Unfortunately the so called intellects are more focused on money and redevelopment, as they always have been. All compassion, respect and dignity have faded. As a result the rebuilding project that is supposed to remember and pay tribute to the 2,749 lives that were lost, will in fact disrespect and forget those very victims on the sixth anniversary of their deaths.
I guess the average person believes we have moved on. But sadly, I must agree with your sentiment. It is my opinion they we have moved in a direction that has forgotten the original purpose and cause of the need for the rebuilding.
Not only were our loved ones victims of terrorism six years ago, they continue to be the victims... victims of bureaucracy, money and politics causing more pain and heartache for those of us trying to process, understand and deal with the entire event.
No one can understand or could have predicted the direction this all has taken.
Thank you for giving your voice in this regard. The 9/11families have so often been negatively portrayed and misunderstood and it was a comfort to read an article written by someone who "gets it".