Tomorrow is the "take back the memorial rally" at the world trade center plaza in NYC. This rally is an effort by many 9/11 family members who feel the proposed "international freedom center" doesn't represent what "ground zero" is all about. I think we should support this effort.
The proposed International Freedom Center will include three major components:
Museum exhibition spaces: will tell personal stories and explore crucial themes in the history of freedom, detailing the contributions of countless individual women and men around the world who have made a difference to its cause.
An educational and cultural center: will sponsor an extensive array of lectures, symposia, discussions, films, and other events in its theaters and public halls that will nurture a global conversation on freedom in our world today.
A service and civic engagement network: will offer visitors opportunities to act in freedom's service in their own communities and around the world.
The families involved in the rally as well as a group calling itself 911 Families For America feel that the Freedom Center is politically slanted, and are petitioning for a simpler monument to be build honoring the dead lost on 9/11
"William Ryan, Woodside, NY, Jul 27, 2005 4:22 pm
I lost my brother, Edward Ryan, on 9/11. I am outraged by the planned construction of a freedom center and a drawing/ arts center on this hallowed ground. Ground Zero should be exclusively a memorial for those who died. Nothing more, nothing less. Thank you for taking up this noble cause.Please add my name to the list of family members who have signed on in support of your actions."
"We strongly believe that a cultural museum at Ground Zero with exhibits about historical events such as slavery, the Holocaust and the Soviet system of gulags dilutes the memory of those who perished on September 11th and the events of that day. We and 22,000 members of “New York’s Bravest”—the United Firefighters Association of New York—believe that the place where 3,000 people were murdered in the most destructive attack in our nation’s history should be reserved for that story, and that story alone."
I don't see any reason why the 9/11 monument needs to be about anything other than 9/11, and certainly don't like the political slant that the IFC has in store for the monument. There is nothing of this sort at our Pearl Harbor Monument - http://www.nps.gov/usar/. Why does WTC need to be different. Isn't honoring our dead enough?
We should honor the people who died on 9/11, support the heros that saved thousands that day and support the families still suffering from their loss. That's what this monument should be about. Nothing more, nothing less.
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