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Action Alert Relocation of Sept. 11 Memorial Service

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 12:23 pm    Post subject: Action Alert Relocation of Sept. 11 Memorial Service
From Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:00 am to Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:59 am (included)
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Action Alert—Friday, July 27, 2007, Relocation of Sept. 11 Memorial Service from Ground Zero

Dear Families and Supporters,

Please see copied below Mike Kelly’s column concerning Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Spitzer’s decision to relocate the annual Sept. 11 memorial service from Ground Zero to “the concrete plaza” known as Zuccotti Park. Kelly also references this week’s marked increase in discoveries of human remains at Ground Zero on a daily basis with 35 recovered on Tuesday, July 24, 30 found Wednesday, July 25, and 40 more found yesterday. If you agree with the sentiments expressed, and our efforts to return the annual memorial service to the World Trade Center site, please take action, by sending a letter of support along with a copy of this article to the following:

Mayor Bloomberg: Attn: Nazli Parvizi, Commissioner, NYC Community Assistance Unit

FAX: (212) 788-7754

Email: nparvizi@cityhall.nyc.gov

Governor Spitzer: Attn: Marlene Turner

Phone: 518-474-8390

FAX: 518-474-1513

Email: marlene.turner@chamber.state.ny.us

Governor Corzine, Attn: Michael Goldblatt

Phone: 609-777-2232

FAX: 609-292-3454

Also, please consider sending a letter to the editor of the Bergen Record in support of Mike Kelly’s column at letterstotheeditor@northjersey.com.

Together we will ensure our loved ones are given the honor and dignity they deserve.


Bruce DeCell, 9/11 Families for a Secure America

Bill Doyle, Doyle 9/11 Support Network

Anthony Gardner, World Trade Center United Family Group, Inc.

Kurt and Diane Horning, WTC Families for Proper Burial, Inc.

Jim McCaffrey, Advocates for a 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial

Dennis McKeon, Where to Turn, Put it Above Ground

Margie Miller, 9/11 Long Island Families

Sally Regenhard, 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims, and The Skyscraper Safety Campaign

Patricia Reilly, Coalition of 9/11 Families

Rosaleen Tallon, Advocates for a 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial

Thursday, July 26, 2007


The annual 9/11 memorial service at Ground Zero, an emotional pilgrimage for thousands seeking comfort at the spot where relatives and friends perished so brutally, is being moved.

Authorities claim the new site is just across the street.

Don't believe it.

They may as well take this event to a Broadway theater.

The ceremony was not merely significant for what was said – namely, the slow reading of names of each of the 2,749 victims. The observance took on a deeper meaning because of where it was held.

Ground Zero is not just a crime scene. Many believe it is a graveyard.

For families of almost half the victims, no remains were ever identified. For the past five years, relatives and friends of unidentified victims viewed the 9/11 service as an opportunity to reconnect with the spirits of their loved ones.

Indeed, Ground Zero still holds remains of the dead. Hardly a week passes without another announcement of more victims' bones being found by workers digging new foundations or cleaning nearby roofs or window ledges. On Monday alone, 19 bone fragments were discovered. On Tuesday, the number was 35 possible pieces.

For relatives, each finding is heartbreaking. It signifies that the Ground Zero cleanup was not thorough. And, amid the thump of jackhammers at work on new buildings for the site, it raises a terrible question: Will all bone fragments ever be located before the new buildings are finished?

The emotional subtlety in that question seems lost on the stagnant bureaucrats who run our governments and went along with the cold decision to move the location of the memorial service.

Victims' relatives were first told on July 11 in a letter, signed jointly by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The mayor and governor cited "ongoing redevelopment" of Ground Zero as the only reason for moving.

Really? For previous ceremonies, mourners gathered on West Street, at the edge of Ground Zero. Later, they walked on a ramp that led to the bottom of the trade center site to leave flowers and pray. Couldn't construction stop for a few hours for mourners to walk down that ramp? Or, if the ramp cannot be used, why not let mourners stand by the fence and toss flowers into the pit?

The Bloomberg-Spitzer letter begs another question: What about New Jersey? More than 700 victims were from the Garden State.

Governor Corzine, where are you?

The July 11 letter was followed by another on Monday from Bloomberg and Spitzer to leaders of victims' advocacy groups -- including several from New Jersey -- confirming the switch to a patch of land on Liberty Street, between Broadway and Church Street and Trinity Place.

The spot is called Zuccotti Park, but it's more like a concrete plaza with no connection to Ground Zero other than the fact that it is within a short walk of the 16-acre site.

"We understand your disappointment," Bloomberg and Spitzer wrote in Monday's letter.

Do they?

"They view us as a liability," said Anthony Gardner of Brick Township, who formed the World Trade Center United Family Group in memory of his 35-year-old brother, Harvey, who was killed in the North Tower.

So picture this scene on Sept. 11, 2007:

Mourners can gather on a concrete plaza with what the great minds of Bloomberg and Spitzer surely must believe is an inspiring view.

Well, consider the view.

Instead of looking into Ground Zero – as they did for the first five anniversary services – mourners can now gaze at a Burger King.

This is no way to remember the dead.

Copyright © 2007 North Jersey Media Group Inc.
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