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  • RspctFrmCalgary
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    It never ceases to amaze me when you post these articles. Keep up the fight, Ray! I wish there was something I could do to help. I just don't understand why they are being so freakin' blind ... and disrespectful to the memories of both civilians and firefighters. Is it all about politics? Where is the pressure coming from?

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    January 10, 2005 -- Families of 9/11 victims rallied yesterday outside the World Trade Center site to press for more openness as officials plan the memorial.
    Jack Lynch, a member of the Coalition of 9/11 Families, said no one from his group was tapped to sit on the memorial planning board."We have constantly been disenfranchised," said Lynch, 69, whose son Michael, a firefighter with Engine 40, was killed in the attacks.
    The 9/11 coalition, made up of more than 4,000 families and survivors, wants at least two of its members on the memorial foundation's 31-member board.The recently formed private corporation will work to raise about $500 million for the construction of the memorial and cultural center on the site.
    There are 9/11-victim family members - including Monica Iken, founder of September's Mission - among the board's ranks of corporate executives, civic leaders and philanthropists.
    But the foundation's first meeting, held last Wednesday, was closed to the public, members of the Coalition of 9/11 Families complained.
    "The process should be made open to the public so we know what's going on," Lynch said.
    Holding yellow carnations and photos of fallen relatives, family members also ticked off other complaints.
    Patricia Reilly, who lost her sister Lorraine Lee, an Aon employee, said officials have ignored their plea to alter a plan to list the victims randomly and instead organize them by affiliation.
    "We should have a say in how our families' names are listed," she said.
    In the most heated issue still unresolved, families continue to press for the burial of material taken from the site of the terror attack to Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.
    "They deserve to be buried respectfully," said Ann Marie McAleese of Baldwin, L.I., who lost her son Brian, a firefighter with Brooklyn's Engine 226.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    December 22, 2004 -- Robert D.W. Higley II, 29, has been added to the list of confirmed dead in the World Trade Center attacks.

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  • kentbwj
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    It seems so impersonal to list the names randomly, and it's also very insensitive to those left behind. For the survivors of the attacks, who lost friends, family, and loved ones, the people they knew were most likely connected to a particular organization or company. When they go to pay their respects and visit the final resting place of the people they knew, they shouldn't have to search in twenty different places. I just can't figure out the logic behind what the designers are trying to do.

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  • RspctFrmCalgary
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    How will generations in the future understand the total impact of that horrific day if the names are not listed as most of the families want them to be, by company? I know I have always spoken out mainly about the firefighters, but it needs to be shown that over 600 people from Cantor Fitzgerald were killed, that 343 of New York's BRAVEST were killed, for example. It needs to be shown who was on each of the planes. Who the restuarant workers were. These people didn't die individually, they died together, some hand in hand.

    When I go to pay my respects at the memorial (5 years to build it seems like an awfully long time) I want to be able to stand in front of a wall and see all those names together, to mourn the tremendous loss the survivors from all those companies experienced.

    I want to be able to stand in front of a wall that shows the names of the firefighters from each firehouse and run my fingers over their names. I want to see that these are the guys from E40L35, from Rescue 2 etc. who were murdered. That can't happen if the names are individually and randomly listed over a huge site, with no acknowledgment of who they were. They worked together, lived together, laughed and cried together and DIED together. So why can't they be memorialized together????!!!!!

    And if I, a stranger, feel this way, how do you think their brother firefighters feel? Why can't the bureaucrats understand that?? *big sigh*

    The memorial is to honor the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grannys, grandpas, friends and coworkers that were killed, not for the buildings that were lost.

    In years to come, do we want to remember September 11th as a day of numbers? That's what will happen if the names are listed randomly.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    New York-AP, December 19, 2004 -- It's still almost five years away from opening, but a memorial to the victims of the World Trade Center attack is starting to take shape on drawing boards. Designer Michael Arad presented refinements to his vision this week. The memorial, opening in 2009, will include new gathering spaces at street level and at bedrock level below ground. There will be a symbolic mausoleum, for family members who never received the remains of their loved ones. Among the issues unresolved is how the names of the dead will be listed. The names are crucial, says Patricia Reilly, who lost her sister. The world needs to see the memorial, called "Reflecting Absence," as the absence of the people, not just the buildings, she says.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    December 16th, 2004 --A three-level memorial with exposed nubs of columns that once supported the twin towers will take shape at Ground Zero, officials said yesterday. A reworked version of "Reflecting Absence," the winning memorial concept by architect Michael Arad, will feature a street-level plaza with a canopy of 20-foot oak trees and a clearing the size of a football field where yearly 9/11 anniversary ceremonies could be staged.
    A level below, a "Memorial Hall" with the names of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks will be located between two 30-foot-deep reflecting pools representing the footprints of the towers. Below that will be a "symbolic mausoleum" adjacent to an area where the unidentified remains of victims will be preserved."We have to have a memorial that really allows us to connect the sheer enormity of the twin towers to the individuals that were taken from us," Mayor Bloomberg said in nearby Battery Park City, where the new design was unveiled.
    Gov. Pataki, who holds the most sway over World Trade Center site rebuilding, said the revised plan is important because families can "bend over and touch" the exposed bedrock. While Arad dreamed up the concept, it has moved closer to reality with the help of landscape architect Peter Walker and Max Bond of the design firm Davis Brody Bond.
    Some victims' relatives said they were encouraged by several new elements, but want more details on how much access they'll have to the bedrock. They said they remain concerned about plans to list the names of the dead randomly."The most important aspect is that they be listed in the way that the family members want to see them listed," said Patricia Reilly of Staten Island, who, like many families, never recovered the remains of her sister Lorraine Lee and considers the site her sister's grave. Other issues include a location for security screenings. A likely spot would be on the ramps descending below ground, Bond said. "You don't want it to be like an airport," he said, adding that security consultants are considering how the screenings will be conducted and whether magnetometers "or some other" search method will be used.

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  • PFire23
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    Why do people have to make things so difficult? Why can't those being memorialized be listed according to the firehouse's they were from, the PD stns they were from, the Port Authority, and for the civilians list the company name and then those who were lost. As for anyone else they could have a "visitor" section. It's not that hard. I guess I just don't understand the controversy.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    The controversy over how to list the victims' names on the World Trade Center memorial erupted again yesterday, with a call for Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Pataki to reverse course.
    Bloomberg and Pataki said last month that the decision to list the names in random order with rescue workers getting special designation was final.
    But Thomas Johnson, a member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.'s board of directors, said yesterday at the organization's monthly meeting that he is "working hard" with "lots of people" to alter the plan to remove the special designation."It's not the appropriate way to display the names. It does establish a hierarchy," said Johnson, whose son, Scott, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that destroyed the twin towers."In the opinion of many, many families - I would say a great majority of the families - it's not appropriate to express any differences in the way the names are displayed in the memorial," Johnson said.

    When asked his position, John Whitehead, the commission chairman, said: "The board did pass a unanimous resolution that there be no hierarchy. The mayor has subsequently said that it's final. I think that's where it stands."Whitehead denied that the corporation and the mayor are at odds. "I think we maybe have different views on this. But the conflict is not a kind of a bitter conflict," he said.
    Later in the day, Whitehead issued a written statement, saying he didn't want his comments to indicate he was in "opposition to the mayor." He did not respond to a Daily News request for a phone interview.The memorial design calls for all rescue workers to be listed with a special insignia signifying their agency. Their names, though, will run randomly. No other victims would receive special insignia.
    Visitors to the site would be guided by staff or a printed directory to the specific location of each victim's name.Bloomberg, Pataki and Kevin Rampe, president of the LMDC, insisted yesterday that the decision was final.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    February 4, 2004

    Dear 9/11 Families and Friends,

    In order to find out how the majority of families and supporters would like to see those who perished on Sept. 11 recognized at the World Trade Center Memorial, the Coalition of 9/11 Families, Bill Doyle, and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund are sponsoring a poll to gather their input. Once we have received your feedback we will submit the results to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and to Governor Pataki.

    Please take a minute to lend your voice to this process. Visit www.coalitionof911families.org and take our short online poll(s).

    Together, we can make a difference. Should you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] or [email protected] or contact the Voices office at (203) 966-3911.

    Warm regards,
    Mary Fetchet
    Voices of September 11th.org
    www.voicesofsept11.org
    Coalition of 9/11 Families
    www.coalitionof911families.org

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    In order to find out how the majority of families and supporters would like to see the heroes of Sept. 11 recognized at the World Trade Center Memorial, the Coalition of 9/11 Families, Bill Doyle, and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund are sponsoring a poll to gather their input. Once we have received your feedback we will submit the results to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and to Governor Pataki.

    Please take a minute to lend your voice to this process. Visit World Trade Center Memorial Poll and take our short online poll(s).

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    January 30, 2004 -- Rebuilding the office and retail space at the World Trade Center will cost close to $7.5 billion — part of a total Ground Zero reconstruction tab of more than $11 billion, The Post has learned. The detailed cost estimate, prepared for WTC developer Larry Silverstein by Tishman Construction, puts the staggering expense of downtown rebuilding into stark relief amid questions about where the money will come from. Silverstein's legal fight with his WTC insurers goes to trial next month — and he has repeatedly said the project hinges on his ability to convince a federal jury that Sept. 11 constituted two separate attacks, one on each tower. He says that should bring him a double insurance payout of close to $7 billion.
    Preliminary rulings in the case have gone against him. "Does anybody have any idea where the money's coming from, except Larry's litigation?" asked a source. The construction estimate, obtained by The Post, sets the cost of building the 1,776-foot-tall Freedom Tower at $1.6 billion. Construction costs for the 10 million square feet of office space, including the tower, as well as 800,000 square feet of retail space plus infrastructure and below-ground work, are estimated to reach $7.4 to $7.8 billion. But when Silverstein's rent payments to the Port Authority and huge legal costs are added in, the construction figure balloons "to above $9 billion," the developer said in a letter accompanying the estimate. The estimate was delivered this week to the PA, which owns Ground Zero and will be will be responsible for a large chunk of the cost. The analysis does not include other major expenses, such as the PATH rail hub and the memorial, which sources said raised the overall WTC total to more than $11 billion.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    The jury has reached its verdict: two enormous square voids, set on the spots where the twin towers once stood, will be the centerpiece of the World Trade Center memorial. But now a jury of a different kind must weigh in: the engineers, horticulturists, carpenters, electricians, and plumbers who will actually build it.
    Transforming the design by Michael Arad and Peter Walker from a rough sketch into what will almost certainly be one of the nation's most popular memorials may require significant changes or at least ingenious solutions to important questions the two architects acknowledge have already surfaced about their seemingly simple composition of water-filled voids in a parklike plaza.
    What will happen when the temperature drops so low that any traditional reflecting pool would freeze? How will people be able to take rubbings of victims' names near a waterfall that could be a messy spray? And who will be responsible for maintaining what is built and providing the money for what will certainly be an enormous annual cost?"We have a schematic design," said Mr. Arad, the lead architect, in an interview this week. "Working out all the details is something that will involve a lot of people and a lot of expertise. What we know is what direction we want to pursue."
    Answering these questions, and the countless others that will surface in the coming months, will be as important as the original design in determining the success of the memorial in a notoriously unforgiving city, experts in urban planning said."The real thing that makes all the great memorials in the world work are the details," said Jeff Soule, policy director at the American Planning Association, who helped supervise the design competition for a women's rights historical park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. "The design is just the start."
    The central design element of Mr. Arad's composition — outside of the two 200-foot-square voids that sit in the footprints of the twin towers — is a steady flow of water. Walls of water will drop into these voids from the plaza level down about 30 feet, falling into two enormous reflecting pools. The water will drop once again, falling down an additional 15 or so feet, until it nearly reaches the bedrock.
    It is this combination of the voids and pools of water that give the design its name: "Reflecting Absence." But Mr. Arad's water-filled vision will certainly complicate the job at hand. First, to ensure that visitors feel intimately connected to the constantly flowing water, Mr. Arad's design specifies that there be no glass between the falling water and a viewing spot, which is just behind where the water will drop."It is about having that direct relationship between you and what is in front of you," Mr. Arad said. "Glass would isolate you. It would create a very sort of sterile barrier which I would hope to avoid."
    But a falling wall of water has a tendency to move laterally as a result of the vacuum it forms as it drops, said Wayne Pierce, design director at Hobbs Architectural Fountains, an Atlanta-based company that Mr. Arad has consulted on his trade center memorial plans. Combined with the wind, this could send streams or at least sprinkles of water into the underground assembly area, where crowds are supposed to gather to view the engraved list of victims' names, unless the area is properly designed.Winter conditions would complicate this setup even further. The mist of the falling water — Mr. Pierce called it the Niagara effect — could create a thin layer of potentially dangerous ice on this walkway, which Mr. Arad wants to be open to the elements.
    In Washington, the National Park Service turns off almost all of the fountains it operates in the winter months. But there are a few exceptions, including the fountains at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. Keeping the water moving helps prevent it from freezing. Yet this past week, after the recent bitter cold arrived in the region, some of the F.D.R. fountains froze, leaving the Park Service with no choice."We had to turn the water off," said John Parsons, associate regional director for the Park Service in Washington. "But it becomes a much different memorial then."

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    January 28, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - In a clear, calm voice, an attendant on Flight 11 described to the American Airlines operations center the terror unfolding as the plane hurtled toward the World Trade Center.
    "The cockpit is not answering their phone," said Betty Ong. "There's somebody stabbed in business class, and we can't breathe in business. Um, I think there is some Mace or something. We can't breathe. I don't know, but I think we're getting hijacked."
    Ong, 45, known as "Bee," was on the Boeing 767 flying from Boston to Los Angeles when 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta and four others took over the plane and crashed it into the North Tower. The Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States heard portions of her 23-minute conversation with the center on the second day of its two-day hearing yesterday.
    In the tape played before the commission, Ong tells the center her flight and seat number and describes the scene. "We can't even get into the cockpit. We don't know who's there," Ong says, before the call ends in a dial tone.

    The panel also revealed that months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Federal Aviation Administration played down the possibility of suicide hijackings. The FAA told airline officials in early 2001 there was "no indication that any group is currently thinking in that direction," according to the panel. Then in July 2001, the FAA issued a warning to airlines, but did not mention suicide hijackings. Instead, it focused on the possibility that terrorist groups might conceal bombs inside luggage.
    Bush administration officials have maintained that before the attacks, there was no indication terrorists were considering suicide hijackings. But the commission said the FAA's Office of Civil Aviation Security had officially considered that possibility as early as March 1998.
    The 10-member, bipartisan commission was established by Congress to study the nation's preparedness before Sept. 11 and its response to the attacks, and to make recommendations for guarding against similar disasters. On Monday, the commission said U.S. authorities missed some obvious signs that might have prevented some of the Sept. 11 hijackers from entering the country.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    January 23, 2004 -- The new Ground Zero transit hub will be a light-infused structure with two wing-like glass canopies stretching over a public plaza and a soaring roof that slides open to let in fresh air.
    Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava — whose buildings often look like they could take flight — said the $2 billion station was inspired by the image of a child releasing a bird. But some observers quipped that it also looks like the bones of an enormous dinosaur unearthed between the office towers of a rebuilt Ground Zero.
    Gov. Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the station design yesterday at the Winter Garden next to Ground Zero. 'Wow' is the first word that's just got to come to your mind," Bloomberg said.
    The PATH plan also marked a key moment in downtown's recovery, following the recent selection of a Ground Zero memorial and a design for the site's signature Freedom Tower — all key pieces of lower Manhattan's future. Calatrava, who is known internationally for his transportation-themed structures, described a "transparent building" designed so that natural light will reach all the way down to the PATH tracks, 60 feet below the street.
    "We are bringing the light through our building and making the light one of the most solid pillars of our building," he said. He called the glass and steel terminal "a brilliant sculpture in the center of the city." One of the most novel aspects is the roof, which can open, with a kind of flapping of the wing-like canopies.
    Officials at the Port Authority, which will build the station, said the roof would be open in good weather in the spring and fall and on mild summer days, allowing for natural ventilation. Work on the station — at Church and Dey streets — could begin by the end of the year and be completed by 2009, the same year the Freedom Tower is to open.

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