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    9/11 Memorial Service Moved From Ground Zero Without Consulting The 9/11 Families

    9/11 Memorial Service Moved From Ground Zero Without Consulting The 9/11 Families

    Very sad, and infuriating at the same time. Just today two more victims were discovered.



    The families respond...

    Governor Spitzer, Attn: Marlene Turner
    Mayor Bloomberg, Attn: Commissioner Nazli Parvizi, NYCAU
    Via Email and Fax
    July 16, 2007

    Dear Governor Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg,

    We have just learned of the City’s plans for the six anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While we support your decision to have first responders read the names of the 9/11 dead, we ask that you reconsider the decision to relocate the annual 9/11 commemorative events from Ground Zero to Zuccotti Park.

    For five years, families of 9/11 victims have gathered at the World Trade Center site to stand on sacred ground, and mourn the men, women, and children murdered in the worst attack on U.S. soil in our nation’s history. For us, and many Americans around the nation, the World Trade Center site is sacred ground. The ongoing discoveries of human remains at the site remind us of the brutality of the attacks and confirm its sacredness.

    Nearly half of the victims’ families have no private place to grieve because no earthly remains of their loved ones have been recovered. Each year, despite the emotional pain, victims’ families put their lives on hold to attend the annual commemoration at the World Trade Center site. Some travel from across the nation, others from around the world, to gather at the place where their loved ones died. They have descended to the footprints at bedrock to pay tribute, as the names of the victims were read.

    Ongoing construction—without any details—has been identified as the reason for the relocation. While we support the revitalization of the site, is it so terrible to stop construction for 1/2 day so that fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, children, friends and fellow citizens can respectively gather to remember and honor their fallen loved ones? We also fear this relocation raises legitimate safety and security concerns.

    How will the thousands of mourners physically be able to gather at Zuccotti Park? Will the adjacent streets be closed to accommodate attendees? How will access to the ceremony be afforded? Will there be any form of access to the World Trade Center site on the anniversary of the attacks?

    We welcome and appreciate the opportunity to discuss these concerns with you and your staff directly.

    Sincerely,

    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


    Feel free to let Gov. Spitzer, and Mayor Bloomberg know that you want to remember our fallen citizens at the place they were murdered.

    Eliot Spitzer
    State Capitol
    Albany, NY 12224
    518-474-8390

    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
    City Hall
    New York, NY 10007
    PHONE 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
    FAX (212) 788-8123

    E-MAIL:
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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    9/11 CEREMONY

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/07192007...ndy_soltis.htm

    By ANDY SOLTIS

    July 19, 2007 -- For the first time since 9/11, the annual memorial ceremony for victims of the terrorist attacks will not be held at the World Trade Center site, because of its redevelopment, officials announced yesterday.

    The ceremony, which includes the reading of the names of those who died, will take place instead in nearby Zuccotti Park, at Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street. Gov. Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg notified relatives of victims by letter last week of plans for the sixth anniversary.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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    Those cock-suckers. Who the hell are they to make that descision? I would gather at the original site anyway. Screw em.

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    "because of its redevelopment"?

    Not sure I understand what that has to do with staging a memorial there?

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    All those people will interfere with equipment I guess is their official stance. Seems to me as if construction would not only have to stop, but would have to break down and get out of the way as well. Makem do it, I say.

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    FURY AT 9/11 'DOWNSIZING'

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/07202007...an_edelman.htm

    By SUSAN EDELMAN

    July 20, 2007 -- Families of 9/11 victims yesterday denounced a decision to relocate this year's anniversary ceremony from Ground Zero to a small park because of construction at the former World Trade Center site.

    "They want to downsize 9/11," Bill Doyle, whose son Joseph died in the terror attacks, fumed in a call to The Post.

    Officials revealed the move to Zuccotti Park, southeast of Ground Zero, in announcing that responders would read the names of New York City's victims at this year's commemoration. In the past, thousands have gathered at Ground Zero for the annual reading.

    "Is it so terrible to stop construction for a half-day so that fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, children, friends and fellow citizens can respectively gather to remember and honor their fallen loved ones?" a letter from family groups to Gov. Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg asked.

    "For us, and many Americans around the nation, the World Trade Center site is sacred ground."
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    Kin balk at 9/11 anniversary ceremony
    Boycott threat over move from WTC site

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007..._ceremony.html

    BY BILL HUTCHINSON
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Friday, July 20th 2007, 4:00 AM

    Officials are moving this year's 9/11 memorial service from Ground Zero to a small park nearby, drawing threats of a boycott from some victims' relatives.

    Eleven family groups sent Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Spitzer a letter this week that blasts them for relocating the annual ceremony because of construction without consulting them.

    "For us, and many Americans around the nation, the World Trade Center site is sacred ground," the groups' letter reads.

    "Is it so terrible to stop construction for 1/2 day so that the fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, children, friends and fellow citizens can respectively gather to remember and honor their fallen loved one?"

    The letter was in response to one Bloomberg and Spitzer sent to families July 11, informing them that, "due to the ongoing redevelopment," the commemoration will be held at Zuccotti Park, which encompasses about three-quarters of an acre on Liberty St. at Broadway.

    Diane Horning, president of WTC Families for Proper Burial, said she's so upset she and her husband have decided to skip the ceremony.

    "The whole thing to me is wrong," said Horning, whose son, Matthew, died in the attacks. "I don't know why it can't be on what many consider is sacred ground. There may be a legitimate reason, I don't know because they've never bothered to sit down and talk to us about it."

    Anthony Gardner of the World Trade Center United Family Group said Bloomberg and Spitzer have yet to respond to the letter, which was sent Tuesday.

    Gardner, whose brother, Harvey, was killed in the 2001 attacks, said he finds it hard to believe there is not enough space at the 16-acre twin towers site to accommodate the thousands of mourners, who come from across the country.

    "They always try to put us in a position where we're reacting to something that they're doing, which makes it seem like we're complaining or are never satisfied. That's not the reality," Gardner said. "The reality is we've tried to be a part of things."

    First responders to the terrorist attack are to read victims' names at the sixth anniversary ceremony.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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