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|Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:26 am Post subject: 9/11 parents outraged at set the record straight statement
From Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:00 am to Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:59 am (included)
|9/11 parents outraged at set the record straight statement regarding human remains
Recently a statement was issued by 10 family members,
supporting the placement of Human Remains of our loved ones in the bottom of the 9/11 Museum. It was also posted on the web site: "Voices of September 11th" by the founder, Mary Fetchet, a 9/11 family member.
This statement indicated they have to "set the record straight.”
They need to do this, because they all failed to include the 2,749 families in their decision to have the human remains stored in the museum temporarily until DNA methods became more sophisticated .
In our opinion, this shows contempt for all of the other 9/11 family members who were never even asked for their opinion re: the disposition of the remains of their loved ones.
We are both disappointed and outraged that those who signed would think that their input was more valuable and important than the other 2,749 families who were not included in this decision. We do not want our son's additional remains to be placed into a holding room in the bottom of a museum. They can be kept in the Medical Examiner's office where they now are. When the DNA testing is exhausted, then what ever remains are still unidentified should come back to the site and be placed into a permanent tomb-like structure which can be viewed 24 hours a day instead of only during museum hours.
None of us in the beginning believed that a special group of families would make the decision for us without reaching out and notifying all of us.We have supported the Voices of September 11th organization for a long time.We receive their letters and emails. Never do we remember seeing any mention of the human remains being stored in the basement of the museum where the medical examiner will periodically visit and remove selected remains for further examination.
This concept shows a lack of respect not only for the victims but their families as well. We have no words that could be communicated regarding our outrage that something like this could take place.We will fight this to our dying days.
As family members we have always respected each other. The views of the Voices of September 11th were not always our views but we respected the right to have different opinions. However in this situation the human remains do not belong to the 10 signatories on a statement. They belong to all the families who have lost people on September 11 2001.
We attended a presentation re the 9/11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan in 2009. It was held for the local community and sponsored by The Downtown Alliance, a civic group in lower Manhattan. It was there that we first learned that this idea of placing the human remains in the basement of the museum was proposed. We have been objecting for the past 2 years.We have also informed all the people we know from 9/11. They were as outraged as we were.
If any 9/11 family group leaders or individuals were selected to represent all of us then it was their obligation to inform us about new plans prior to the public meeting in lower Manhattan in 2009 which was held not for the families but the residents in lower Manhattan.
One of the signers of the "set the record straight" statement is in charge of one of the most visible family groups, Voices of September 11th They are supposed to advocate for 9/11 families by sharing information, but they never did that. They have a family list in the thousands. Why did this organization not feel the need to do so? Why did the others who signed the letter to "set the record straight" not feel the need to do so either? A person's value is only as good as their deeds. In my opinion, all of those who signed the statement have failed miserably in their obligation to the rest of the 2, 749 family members.
Maureen Santora and Chief Al Santora, FDNY (ret.)
parents of FF Christopher A Santora