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|Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:08 am Post subject: 9/11 LETTER AND EDITORIAL IN THE ASBURY PARK PRESS
From Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:00 am to Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:59 am (included)
Why 9/11 families can't "get over it" six years later
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 09/11/07
My wife and I lost our daughter on Sept. 11, 2001. Colleen Meehan Barkow,
26, worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the north tower of
the World Trade Center. We recently relocated to the Toms River area from
Carteret and chose to participate in a Sept. 11 exhibit at the Ocean County
Library branch on Washington Street in Toms River.
We placed objects in the display cases Aug. 31. As we were completing the
process, two women were viewing the display. One expressed how she felt
about the display. The other responded, ,Why don't they get over it?,
I am not sure if she realized we were in earshot. If I had responded I would
say the exhibit is there for people exactly like, her because the lives of
almost 3,000 Americans lost that day should not be forgotten. The outreach
to the families of Sept. 11 should not be forgotten. The sacrifices of those
who worked at Ground Zero, and paid the price in so many ways, should not be
forgotten. Those who have worn the uniform in the war on terrorism should
not be forgotten.
For those who lost loved ones - the parents, spouses, siblings, children and
extended families - six years have passed and many are still on the path to
recovery, at their own pace. Families still speak of body parts found, and
not found, and what never will be found.
More than 1,000 families did not receive any remains. For many, the ashen
remains of their loved ones lie in 40 acres known as the Fresh Kills
Landfill, which was the world's largest garbage dump on Staten Island.
To those who reached out to the families touched by this tragedy, we say
,thank you, for helping to heal our hearts and dry our tears. For those who
continue to touch our lives, we say ,thank you, and ,God bless.,
To those who say ,Why don't they get over it?, may God touch your hearts and
forgive you. We will remember our oath ,never to forget., I hope many of you
will remember the oath as well on the sixth anniversary of 9/11. We will
remember all the heroes, then and now, and forever remain thankful for their
sacrifices and keep them in our prayers.
Thomas J. Meehan III
9/11/01: A day we can't forget by Larry Benjiman - Editoral Writer
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 09/11/07
As the years pass, the memories of the defining events of our time tend to
dim. The political assassinations of the '60s. Vietnam. Watergate. The
Challenger. Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall. That must not be allowed to
happen with 9/11, the day America was exposed as vulnerable by hate-consumed
terrorists six years ago.
Almost 3,000 lives were snuffed out at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon
and a Pennsylvania field. The victims' loved ones and friends still mourn.
The thousands fortunate enough to flee the Trade Center continue to count
It was a day of infamy. But it also was a day of remarkable heroism by
police, firefighters and emergency responders, who sped to the scene with
only one goal in mind - saving lives. Many of those involved in rescue and
recovery efforts now battle related health problems.
For these reasons and more, 9/11 cannot be forgotten.
Thomas J. Meehan III of Berkeley still grieves the loss of his 26-year-old
daughter on the 103rd floor of the Trade Center's north tower. While putting
objects about her in a display case at the Ocean County Library, he
overheard a woman ask: "Why don't they get over it?" He didn't reply. But as
he wrote in a letter published on the Commentary page today, "If I had
responded, I would say the exhibit is there for people exactly like her,
because the lives of almost 3,000 Americans lost that day should not be
It is unreasonable to ask any survivor, emergency responder or any other
American to "get over it."
But it is perfectly reasonable to hold our government officials responsible
for doing everything possible to ensure that another 9/11 does not come to
our shores. Anti-terrorism surveillance and information-sharing among
government agencies has become a priority. The arrests of the Fort Dix 6 are
a recent example of its value. Airline safety is another priority, and every
passenger knows it.
Everyone who lives in the New York metropolitan area should be able to feel
secure about the many things that make our region vulnerable: our roads,
bridges and tunnels, our ports, our chemical plants, our nuclear power
facilities. Safety cannot take a backseat to any other consideration.
Today is the day to assess the lessons of 9/11 and to remember what America
lost that day. A more secure nation - even in the face of a faceless enemy -
is the best memorial to those who died that day.