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|Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:58 pm Post subject: Special Message for all 9/11 Family Members re 9/11 Rally
From Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:00 am to Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:59 am (included)
|A special message for all 9/11 Family members - from fellow 9/11 Families -
regarding the September 11 Rally against the Ground Zero mosque
The Rally is not the problem, the mosque is.....
"9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims"
Recently a 9/11 family group called for suppression of the September 11th rally near Ground Zero which opposes the construction of a mosque and cultural center near the sacred ground. Many 9/11 families do not agree with attempting to stop this demonstration - and the majority of our group supports the purpose and principles of this rally.
We have been informed that this demonstration will in no way interfere with the Anniversary Commemoration - instead it will be held at the site of the proposed mosque building at Park Place - after the conclusion of the 9/11 ceremony. Numerous family members, including many from out of state, have made arrangements to attend this important gathering.
While we respect the rights and opinions of others, we feel that no one should attempt to inhibit the expression of free speech for the large number of 9/11 family members who wish to participate in opposing the construction of this mosque and cultural center. This project represents a gross lack of sensitivity to the 9/11 families and disrespects the memory of all those who were murdered at the WTC both in 1993 and 2001.
We affirm that the 9/11 Anniversary is a very special and precious commemoration for all of us. However, we feel that by attending and participating in this rally, families can endeavor to ensure that the sacred ground will continue to be respected for posterity.
Many of our family members feel that they have a moral obligation to their loved ones to raise their voices as the world looks upon us and sees our plight.
For many family members, the looming, unresolved mosque controversy has made the upcoming September 11th Anniversary even more upsetting and troubling. There can be no peace and reflection for the 9/11 families who strongly feel that this proposed mosque is disrespectful and insensitive. On 9/11, as the world is focusing on Ground Zero, families want to be able to raise their voices and say to the world that this is wrong.
While it is possible for some to seek peace and reflection on 9/11 - for others it is better to actively seek justice and honor the legacy of their loved ones by publicly challenging this building whose location so affronts the sensitivity of large numbers of victims' families. While we may all wish for peace and tranquility - if there is no justice for the victims and their families- there will be no peace for any of us.
No one is being forced to attend this rally, but all family members should have the right to choose whatever they wish to do. On this most poignant day, relatives and friends of the victims have the right to join together with other 9/11 family members who want their voices to be heard in honor of their lost loved ones.
Chief Jim Riches,Chairperson
9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims
Sally Regenhard, Vice Chair
Chief Al Santora
Robert Da Ros
Rosa P. Leonetti