Stephen Speicher

Cox & Forkum - Save the 9/11 Memorial

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This Cox & Forkum project looks really worthwhile to pursue. Sign the petition!

February 01, 2007

Un Memoriam

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Save The 9/11 Memorial is the latest petition campaign aimed at ensuring the World Trade Center memorial appropriately honors the victims of 9/11. Why another petition drive? Current memorial plans will list most of the victims' names randomly. Of Mayor Bloomberg's plan they write:

Approximately 2,400 victims will be listed in "no discernible order," that is, visitors will see rows and rows of uninterrupted, evenly spaced names without ages. There will be nothing to indicate who they were, where they were and how they were connected to each other. ... None of the names will be in alphabetical order; they will appear random. ...

This, to us, is not how anyone in America viewed them, except perhaps, the terrorists who killed them.

The group proposes including additional information about the victims, such as ages and military ranks, and grouping them by corporate and institutional affiliations. I think such information will provide crucial context for a proper remembrance. Many of the victims died with their co-workers, and they were all murdered because they worked in American institutions like the Pentagon and Cantor-Fitzgerald, a single company that lost 658 people. The 9/11 attacks were an atrocity of such magnitude that it's difficult to comprehend how many people it affected. The added information on the memorial will help viewers better understand that individuals were murdered that day. You can sign the 9/11 Memorial Petition here.

For the latest news on the issue, go to Take Back The Memorial.

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Why not mix up the first, middle, and last names also? Or better yet, just put up 26 letters and be done with it.

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