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Letter: "WTC Museum a Disgrace"

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Letter: "WTC Museum a Disgrace"
From Jul 06, 2012 to Jul 08, 2012 (included)
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The Chief

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Letter to the Editor:

Letter: "WTC Museum a Disgrace"

Monday July 2, 2012.

Re: “Call for Park Service Takeover: 9/11 Families: Museum Just a Tourist Attraction” (June 22 article), thank you to The Chief newspaper and reporter Sarah Dorsey for the excellent interview with retired FDNY Chief Jim Riches regarding the debacle that is the 9/11 memorial and museum at Ground Zero. It is a factual and extremely informative article on the true story of the waste, mismanagement, bloated salaries, excessive costs, nefarious plans and complete disregard for the wishes of the families of the victims of 9/11.

We are in total agreement with his call for the National Parks Service to take over the complete administration and operation of the 9/11 memorial and museum, including proper interment of the 9,000 unidentified human remains of WTC victims in an above-ground tomb-like structure.

Jim Riches, who leads the 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims group, has done a fantastic job in advocating for a decent, honorable and respectful memorial and museum, on behalf of both uniformed and civilian 9/11 families.

Our families had virtually no role in the selection of the waterfall memorial or the underground museum. The LMDC and Port Authority, elected officials, politicians, well-connected area residents and a handful of family members who have a vested interest in the “business” of 9/11 are responsible for what is at the 9/11 memorial today.

It is a frantic, frenetic atmosphere—you may as well be in Times Square. There is no reverent atmosphere, and every effort has been made to hide the past, and hide the fact that nearly 3,000 people met a brutal and needless death at this spot.

There is no patriotism at the 9/11 Memorial. Even though families called for American flags to ring the entire site, there is only one small lonely flag on top of a mechanical structure that you can easily overlook. The only patriotic people involved with this site and the only people who ever raised flags were the construction workers—and thank God for them!

The worst part of this site is the dastardly plan of 9/11 museum administrators to put the 9,000 unidentified remains of the missing—40 percent of all the victims, including heroic FDNY, NYPD and other first-responders—seven stories down in the bottom of the future museum. We have publicly opposed this nefarious plan since learning about it in 2008. This will be a bizarre tourist attraction to justify the $25 per head that will be charged to get into the 9/11 museum. This is a crime.

The National Parks Service must take over the operation of this site—just as it does with nearly all the other memorials across the USA. Families have called for a Tomb or respectful above-ground repository—and memorial officials have rejected it. Without it, the story of what this site is all about is missing!

Our son, Firefighter Christian Regenhard, age 28—a former U.S. Marine Corps Recon Sergeant who served this country for five years before joining the FDNY, is one of the 40 percent of victims who remain missing at the WTC. Marines say that “they never leave anyone behind.” Yet the sacrilegious plan to put 9,000 remains seven stories below ground, in the basement of the museum, will leave nearly half of all the victims behind, including the unidentified remains of former military, FD, PD, EMS and civilians—in a private, admission-charging museum.

What a disgrace! Those in charge of the 9/11 memorial must put the remains in a respectful above-ground “tomb of the unknowns” on the memorial plaza or release them to Arlington National Cemetery, where they can rest in honor and peace. This is the least that the victims of the “attack on America” deserve.

We call on all unions and their members to support us in this most important issue of honor and respect at the 9/11 memorial and museum.

(c) The Chief-Leader, July 2, 2012


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