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  • E40FDNYL35
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    January 22, 2004 -- Development officials hope to work out a deal to buy the damaged Deutsche Bank building next to Ground Zero in coming weeks, at the same time they resolve an insurance dispute that has threatened to stall downtown rebuilding plans, sources told The Post.
    The intense talks over the Liberty Street tower's future have been going on since November, after Gov. Pataki named former Sen. George Mitchell as mediator. The negotiations were initially portrayed as being aimed at finding common ground between Deutsche Bank, which owns the building, and two insurance companies, which dispute the bank's claim that it needs millions to cover 9/11 losses, including the cost of tearing down the damaged tower. But sources told The Post the negotiations have expanded to cover all the issues regarding the bank's property, which development officials want to integrate into the World Trade Center site, to make room for a new office building and underground truck ramps and parking.
    Officials hope to announce a deal in the next few weeks, Lower Manhattan Development Corp. chairman John Whitehead said at an LMDC board meeting Tuesday.

    The Port Authority, which owns Ground Zero, would ultimately control the Deutsche Bank site.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    'Reflecting Absence' to honor Sept. 11 victims

    A design featuring two pools of water with pine trees and a paved stone field has been chosen for the World Trade Center memorial, capping an eight-month international contest that drew more than 5,000 submissions, The Associated Press has learned.
    “Reflecting Absence” created by designers Michael Arad and Peter Walker, was chosen by a 13-member jury of artists, architects, civic and cultural leaders after months of intense deliberation that culminated in a marathon 12-hour-long meeting this week.The decision was to be announced publicly later Tuesday by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the agency overseeing the rebuilding of the site, a source familiar with the process told the AP. The final plan, which has undergone significant revision since first submitted, will be unveiled next week.A jubilant Arad, a designer for the city housing authority, said he was surrounded by well-wishers after learning his plan was chosen. “I just have so many people in the room right now,” he said by telephone.The memorial will remember all of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, including those killed at the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania and aboard the hijacked airliners. It will also honor the six people killed in the 1993 bombing at the trade center.
    The memorial will be one of two focal points at the trade center site, along with the 1,776-foot glass skyscraper known as the Freedom Tower. Four other buildings are planned where the trade center once stood.The jury included Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, the widow of a trade center victim, representatives of the mayor and governor, and leaders of such cultural organizations as the Carnegie Corp.
    The jury reviewed 5,201 submissions from around the world beginning last summer, narrowing the field to eight in November. By the time the jury convened on Monday, it had narrowed its choices to three: “Garden of Lights,” “Passages of Light: the Memorial Cloud” and “Reflecting Absence.”
    “Garden of Lights” featured a public area filled with lights, one for each victim. The three-level memorial had a garden on the top and a private area for families of the victims at the twin towers’ footprints, connected by a path and a stream of water.
    “Passages of Light,” by three New York designers, included an open-air structure with cathedral-like vaults and a glass walkway and would have an altar for each victim.

    The jury’s decision came after a lengthy meeting Monday at Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence. The jury toasted its decision with champagne, but would not identify the winner until Tuesday.Public response to the contending designs has been lukewarm at best. A recent survey of more than 15,000 people by the Municipal Art Society found that none of the final designs got more positive than negative responses. Critics said the proposals were generic and failed to convey the horror of the 2001 attack.Mayor Michael Bloomberg noted the scope of the project; the number of submissions was considered unprecedented for a contest of this kind.“The most important thing is we come up with the right memorial and this process had thousands of people who had suggestions,” Bloomberg said. “They whittled it down from thousands to one. You’re not going to please everybody I am sure.”

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    The jury picking the Ground Zero memorial design chose a winner from among the three finalists late last night, said sources familiar with the marathon deliberations at Gracie Mansion.No announcement was made as to which design was chosen, though word could come as early as today, sources said. Going into the 11-hour session, the 13-member jury was believed to have narrowly favored "Passages of Light: The Memorial Cloud" over "Garden of Lights."Lower Manhattan Development Corp. President Kevin Rampe said talks had been productive as jurors left Gracie Mansion just after 11 p.m. "The jury is very pleased ... with the deliberations and with the result," said Rampe.
    "Reflecting Absence" was the other option.
    Jurors spent much of the day examining design changes made at their request. Rebuilding officials have said the memorial could look very different from the designs on display since November at the Winter Garden in lower Manhattan."Passages of Light" includes an undulating glass cloud at the southern end of the memorial area, with 2,982 circles representing the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. "Garden of Lights" features leafy trees with lights below, which shine on each of the 2,982 victims' names. The jury, which includes artists, political appointees and architects, began with 5,201 memorial entries.All of the designs have drawn criticism from outside the jury for being too bland.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    The jury picking the Ground Zero memorial has narrowed its options down to three designs, with one featuring a wavy glass cloud emerging as the favorite, sources said yesterday.The 13-member panel has winnowed down the original pool of eight finalists to "Passages of Light: The Memorial Cloud" and "Garden of Lights," with "Reflecting Absence" coming in a distant third, said sources familiar with the jurors' thinking.

    The jury could choose a winner as early as Monday.

    The panel, which features political appointees, historians and architects, including Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, is "divided into camps," said a source.The jurors will hold marathon meetings early next week to look at changes they asked the designers to make.Rebuilding officials have made clear that the winning memorial could look very different from the ones that have been on display at the Winter Garden since Nov. 19.The sources added that it's conceivable, though unlikely, there could be a stalemate inside the jury room.Officials with the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which is overseeing the memorial process, declined comment.
    "Passages of Light" includes an undulating glass cloud at the southern end of the memorial area, with 2,982 circles representing the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing."Garden of Lights" features leafy trees buoyed by individual lights below, which shine on each of the 2,982 victims' names.
    "Passages of Light" emerged as a favorite in a number of early, unscientific opinion polls about the designs.
    All eight concepts have been criticized as too bland - and several people have urged the jurors to scrap the finalists and start over.When the jury asked the artists last month to make changes, some responded by hiring additional contractors - such as landscape specialists - that they thought would appeal to some jurors to try to influence the judging, sources said. If a memorial design is picked early next week, it would come right before the Jan. 7 State of the State address by Gov. Pataki, who holds the most sway over Ground Zero rebuilding and has made the memorial a priority.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    PASS ALONG

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays

    Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the 9-11 fallen heroes

    Advocates for a 9-11 Fallen Heroes Memorial



    Gov. Pataki Extends Decision Date For Picking Winning Ground Zero Memorial Design
    Gov. George Pataki has now set mid-January 2004 for announcing the winning Ground Zero Memorial design. THAT MEANS we have to again step up the pressure on him. We must PERSIST if we wish to be successful.

    Please take the following steps:

    1. Contact Gov Pataki’s office by email http://161.11.3.75/ AND phone: 518.474.8390 (a 24 hour, 7 days a week Message Center). Get friends to do the same. Leave the following message for the Governor: “Please ensure that the 9-11 fallen uniformed rescuers are listed together, by department, including their rank, unit and badge number, on the Ground Zero Memorial, along with a recognition of their brave actions.”

    YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A NEW YORKER TO CONTACT THE GOVERNOR. HE SEEKS NATIONAL OFFICE AND WILL BE LISTENING TO WHAT EVERYBODY HAS TO SAY.

    2. Make copies of the attachment MAKE SURE THE GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL REMEMBERS OUR 9-11 FALLEN HEROES and distribute them to the public. This is most important to garner new support. You can also affix them to cars in parking lots at malls, churches, etc. (If you prefer, you can download the handout from our web site: 911fallenheroes.org. Go to Download Center and click on THE GOVERNOR PATAKI FLYER. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO DISTRIBUTE THE FLYERS.

    We will win if we work together and PERSIST.

    In unity,

    John Finucane, Chairman 845.548.4234


    WORKING COMMITTEE: John Finucane, Founder; Carol Brown, Mary Cinotti, Cathy Deloughry, Patrick Eggleston, Becky Garrison, Kevin Hogan, Jeff Koehler, Denise LaMagna, Nick Liso, Jim McCaffrey, Dan McCarvill, Patrick McCarvill, Christopher Piering, J. Barry Scheu, Chuck Shannon, JoAnn Szczech, Angel Torres, Eileen Torres, Marisol Torres, Rosaleen Tallon

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  • stm4710
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    Revised Freedom Tower design for WTC site unveiled; graceful spireechoes Lady Liberty

    By AMY WESTFELDT

    Associated Press


    NEW YORK -- A new design for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site slopes gracefully into a spire rising 1,776 feet, echoing the Statue of Liberty, in images released yesterday.

    The new plan -- which comes after months of contentious negotiations between designers Daniel Libeskind and David Childs -- retains many elements of Libeskind's original plan but appears to smooth out its most angular elements.

    At a news conference to unveil the design, Childs said the tower must be "simple and pure in its form, a memorable form that will reclaim the resilience and the spirit of our democracy."

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the tower -- which would be the world's tallest -- would "dramatically reclaim a part of the New York City skyline that was lost on 9-11."

    "This is a wonderful day, not just for New York, but for America," said Bloomberg, who appeared with the architects and Gov. George Pataki to unveil the new design.

    The plan follows the original, asymmetrical structure proposed by Libeskind, who was originally tapped as the architect to remake ground zero by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the agency charged with redevelopment.

    But Childs, who was appointed by leaseholder Larry Silverstein, succeeded in including a lattice structure filled with energy-generating windmills at the top of the building. Childs likened the suspension elements of the new design to the Brooklyn Bridge, with the bottom of the building "torqued or twisted."

    The building is to be put up on the northwest part off the World Trade Center site, not on the footprint of the vanished towers.

    The plan calls for a cable suspension structure that creates an open area above the building's 70 floors of office space, and houses windmills to generate energy. The windmills could provide 20 percent of the building's energy.

    The new design retains an important part of Libeskind's original concept, a 276-foot spire intended to evoke the Statue of Liberty nearby in New York Harbor.

    Malaysia's 1,483-foot Petronas Twin Towers is currently the tallest building in the world. The 110-story World Trade Center towers were 1,350 feet tall.

    Despite persistent reports of conflict between the two designers, Childs told NBC's "Today" show they had "a spectacular time working together. ... Creative minds have different thoughts about how you do things. I wouldn't want to work with somebody who would just say yes."

    Added Pataki: "This represents a melding of two very, very talented, creative geniuses."

    Negotiations had been contentious between the two architects. Libeskind, who created the Jewish Museum in Berlin but has little experience with major commercial projects, once compared the relationship with Childs, who designed the new Time Warner building in Manhattan, to a "forced marriage."

    Several safety features were included in the design, such as separate staircases for firefighters and "blast-resistant glaze" on the lobby glass.

    Richard Meier, an architect who was a finalist for the trade center design competition won by Libeskind, questioned the timetable set by the governor, who wants construction on the tower to begin next summer before the national Republican convention begins.

    "We're not just talking about a building here; we're talking about a large area of the city that's being developed and there's a relationship between this new building and everything else that's going on," Meier said. "If the rest of this site is developed this way, it's going to be chaotic."

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    MIXED REACTION

    December 20, 2003 -- Two survivors of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centers yesterday had sharply different opinions of the redesigned Freedom Tower skyscraper to be constructed at Ground Zero.
    Mary Borders, 29, who has been suffering from depression since she escaped from the lobby of the north tower before it collapsed, gave a thumbs-down to the revamped structure. "It is a walking gravesite to me," she said. "Nothing should be built there." She added bitterly, "Now they'll need just one plane."
    Borders, who was working as a temporary assistant at the Bank of America on the 81st floor when the towers were attacked, went on, "No matter what they put up, someone will want to knock it down. I would prefer a wall outdoors with a list of names of the people who lost their lives."
    But recently retired George Sleigh, who worked at the American Bureau of Shipping on the 91st floor of the north tower, thought the newly revamped 1,776-foot tower was impressive.
    "We need something there. There is such a void," Sleigh said.
    "There needs to be a memorial there for people who lost their lives, but we need to pick up the pieces and get back to life again. I'm impressed with it. It's a fitting thing to do."
    Meanwhile, relatives of Sept. 11 victims reacted to the unveiling of the new Freedom Tower design with a shrug.
    "I'm not particularly interested in what's going up there," said retired firefighter Lee Ielpi, who lost a son in the terror attacks.
    "It's the memorial [to victims] that should come first."
    "What matters is the memorial, not the tower,"
    agreed Jack Lynch, whose son, firefighter Michael Lynch (Engine 40), also perished when the towers collapsed.
    "Anything they build around it doesn't interest me."
    Family members said particular attention should be paid to the safety codes governing the building and who will inspect the structure.
    "Safety is the issue, not the design. The design will be what it will be," said Monica Gabrielle.
    "It won't matter if in another 30 years we end up with another pile of ashes," said Gabrielle, whose husband Richard, an insurance broker, died in the Trade Center.
    "Rather than focusing on the wonderful new design, people should wonder what checks and balances are in place" to prevent another disaster, she said.
    Relatives indicated too much attention is being paid to each tweak and added nuance in the design of the Freedom Tower.
    "The memorial should have been done first. This should be an afterthought," said Ielpi, whose son, Jonathan, also a firefighter, died on Sept. 11.
    "It's going to be filled with commerce and industry," he said of the tower. "That does not represent what happened at the site in 2001."
    Lynch agreed.
    "Nobody, not the governor, not the [Lower Manhattan Development Corporation], nobody has considered the position that we presented to them in April 2002: that the bathtub area [the basement of the site], not the Freedom Tower, should be the focal point," he said.

    "Everything else should complement it."
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    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast...lan/index.html

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  • RspctFrmCalgary
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    *sigh*

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    December 16, 2003 -- Warring architects Daniel Libeskind and David Childs finally agreed yesterday on a compromise design for Ground Zero's Freedom Tower that will allow work on what will be the world's tallest building to move ahead, development officials said. New Yorkers will get to see the building's design on Friday in a presentation at Federal Hall, a short distance from the World Trade Center site, where the tower will rise. Sources said the compromise design incorporates elements that both architects fought fiercely for during months of rocky collaboration. It will include the angled top and off-center spire reaching to 1,776 feet high that Libeskind proposed. It will also include Childs' proposal for a unique cable structure on the building's upper portion that functions in a way similar to the cables on a suspension bridge. Wind turbines on the structure will help generate some of the electricity that the building will use. Childs and Libeskind have fought bitterly for control of the design, with their relationship hitting a low point last week when they virtually stopped speaking.
    On Friday and over the weekend, officials including Gov. Pataki and Charles Gargano, head of the Empire State Development Corp., increased the pressure on the two to reach a truce. Yesterday's agreement apparently marks the effective end of their collaboration. Sources said Libeskind will now focus again on his role as Ground Zero master planner, while Childs will be in charge of getting the tower built for WTC developer Larry Silverstein.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    December 4, 2003 -- An effort to award FDNY chaplain Mychal Judge a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom got a boost yesterday from the City Council. The council passed a resolution calling on Congress to honor the Rev. Judge, a beloved Franciscan friar who was killed in the 9/11 terror attacks. "New York has produced many heroes, but I don't think we've ever produced a greater hero," said Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan). "With every waking moment he gave of himself to others." Judge died after he took off his protective headgear while delivering the last rites to a fallen rescue worker. Peter Gorman, president of the United Fire Officers Association, said thousands of the city's Bravest knew of Judge's unique qualities. "I can honestly say if something good came out of Sept. 11, it is that the world and the nation got to know Mychal Judge for his goodness, his faith and his heart," Gorman said. "If you met him, you came away a better person. This would be a wonderful honor to have [the medal] bestowed on him."
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  • RspctFrmCalgary
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    WOW. This was the first thing I read this morning and once again find myself in awe of Tara Stackpole's strength and dignity. I believe I've said that before. Tara is one hell of a woman. For her to share these private details of her life in order to give people hope, honour her husband's memory and to remind us why our soldiers are losing their lives in the fight against terrorism is nothing short of amazing. She could very easily have clutched the email close to her heart instead of sharing it. I was incredibly moved reading her words.

    Thank you, Ray

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    by Michael Daly

    On the third Thanksgiving since losing her husband at the World Trade Center, Tara Stackpole read aloud to their three youngest sons an E-mail from Iraq that told of a miracle. The E-mail had been written by a soldier who had been best buddies with their father since Fire Capt. Timothy Stackpole was himself a boy.
    "Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family," the E-mail began. "I carry Timmy's picture with me every day, not that I need it to remember him. It is helpful when people start feeling sorry for themselves or start doubting why we are here. I then tell them a story, and take Timmy's picture out."
    The story the friend tells his fellow soldiers is of a New York City firefighter who was terribly burned in 1998. Timothy Stackpole could have retired on a tax-free disability pension amounting to full pay, but he was determined to return to the job he loved.
    Stackpole spent three often-agonizing years of therapy and exercise until he accomplished what many had thought impossible. He returned to full duty only to be killed by the collapsing south tower exactly six months later.
    Now, two years afterward, his childhood buddy was telling his story and showing his picture to soldiers who had become dispirited by the ordeal in Iraq.
    "There is not much whining after that and people move out with a sense of purpose," the E-mail reported.
    The childhood buddy went on to say that he had felt Stackpole looking over him when he found himself much closer to an explosion than anybody would ever want to be.
    "Not only did he shield me from the bomb blast, but he was also kind enough to cover my ears as most had ringing of the ears and some blown-out eardrums," the E-mail reported. "A true miracle, as I did not get a scratch and not even ringing of the ears."
    The next sentence was as heartrending a sentence as was ever written. Tara had difficulty reading aloud the 10 simple words.
    "I wish I could have done the same for him."
    Those words were followed by a half-dozen blank lines, as if there was nothing that could be said immediately afterward.
    But the writer could not just end there. The message continued and the start of the next sentence had two dropped words. The writer's nerves then seemed to steady.
    "Most Americans are the kindest and [most] generous people [on] Earth, as demonstrated by those here in Iraq, and your family back home."

    Tara read on.

    "I consider myself the luckiest man on Earth to have the family and friends I do. I have a lot to be thankful for, and you and your family are a big part of that."

    Tara then came to another tough sentence.

    "I pray you are doing well and have tears rolling down my cheeks thinking of the empty place at your table."

    The E-mail ended as quietly as a falling teardrop.

    "God Bless You and your family and I look forward to seeing you soon."

    Tara happened to have heard news reports of the particular explosion the E-mail mentioned. Some instinct had told her at the time that her husband's buddy had been there.

    "I know he is," she had told a friend. Then, when she checked her E-mail, she saw the childhood buddy's screen name in the address column. The message had been sent at 12:18a.m. on Nov. 27, the first minutes of Thanksgiving.

    "Subject: Happy Thanksgiving."

    Watching over loved ones

    Tara has one son off in the Navy and a teenage daughter who was off being a teenager. Tara read the message to the three youngest, and afterward they trundled to bed with the knowledge that their father was still on full duty, if not fighting fires then looking over his boyhood buddy and steadying our soldiers in a distant war.

    Of course, those duties in Iraq never for an instant keep Timothy Stackpole from watching over his family. Dad was certainly with his youngest son when the boy awoke to his ninth birthday yesterday.

    Dad will also be there today when the 12-year-old and the 11-year-old play a big football game. Dad will be rooting for a touchdown in Brooklyn even as he keeps half an eye out for bombs on the other side of the world.

    Originally published on November 30, 2003

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    WTC: Memorials Without a Memory

    There is an emergency in New York as confrontational for all firefighters as anything that has happened in the last twenty-six months. In trying to find an adequate way to memorialize the immensity of Sept. 11, 2001, our leaders have failed.
    After four months of meetings so secret that even the members of the CIA would be impressed, the eight designs selected as finalists were released on November 19th, and it is clear that the foundation of what we thought should be has collapsed before the first contract is signed.
    In considering these designs that are supposed to memorialize the tragedy and the heroism of Ground Zero, the striking aspect is their dull sameness. They are like huge weeping-room chapels set aside in a modern convention center.
    The jury, 13 good and faithful human beings, volunteered long hours to study more than 5,000 submissions, but their choices show a limited imagination and no understanding of how the fire service feels about that day. We are used to difficult times and many disappointments in the fire service, and perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.
    The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, who is responsible for rebuilding the World Trade Center site, and the memorial, could have chosen a jury for these designs from a broad field of consequential Americans, but instead they chose jurors primarily from within the narrow confines of the New York arts community.
    And, what did we end up with? The designs to commemorate the event of the World Trade Center have to do with light, hanging light, falling light, diluted light, drowning light. And also with stones that are crying, sky-reflecting water pools, floating gardens, bridges placed like bandages, cut fields and an apple orchard. You can see them at www.WTCSITEMEMORIAL.ORG.
    The universal elements — air, water, earth and light — are celebrated. Nature is celebrated. Nowhere is there a representation of a human being. Nowhere is there to be seen an image of or a reference to a first responder.
    Names, yes: some 3,000 names cut into different kinds of material. But the designs of names seem more the legacy of Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington than of the event to be remembered.
    None of the designs conveys the strength and spirit of the American personality, as represented by the kind of men and women who not only know how to suffer but who, when times are tough, will also step up and say, "Follow me." The kind of men and women who responded without giving it a second thought to the piles of Ground Zero on the day and the weeks following 9/11.
    The New York firefighters needed you then, and they need you now. Someone needs to rally all the firefighters of this nation to rise up as they did then, and that responsibility has fallen to me to make the call. But, it has fallen to you to act, and to act immediately.
    The decision naming the winning design will be announced in mid-December. Once the LMDC and New York’s political leaders announce that decision it will be final, and there will be no appeal. But, the decision can be stopped now, as it was when the LMDC announced the designs for the replacement buildings of the World Trade Center.
    The people rose up then and rejected them, and forced the LMDC to step back and let other designs come forward. Only you can stop this great insult to courage and the complete disregard of the greatest number of line-of-duty deaths in our history.
    In introducing the finalists last week, Vartan Gregorian, the former president of the New York Public Library and leader of the jury, and John Whitehead, head of the development corporation, alluded to a mindfulness of history and our heroes. But why talk about history and heroes, and then dismiss them entirely?
    The search for diverse input, it seems, stopped at the doors of our firefighters and police officers. There is not one man or woman in a position to represent the interests of the first responders, not one juror in any way connected to the more than 400 brave souls who chose to go into those buildings to help people who desperately needed them. There is not one firefighter or any person connected to the first responders on the governing board of the LMDC.
    Where are the images of people who will inspire the generations to come, the images of valor of the kind that has carried heroes, saints, imams, rabbis, priests and generations of warriors forward through the last three millennia of artistic endeavor? Think of the Parthenon, Trajan's Column, the Arc de Triomphe, and what those images tell us.
    And then ask, why have we put our country's most important remembrance of 9/11 into the hands of thirteen people, who will now choose for us from among eight designs that look nothing like awe-inspiring monuments, that have no representation of firefighters or police officers to remind us in future generations what we gave to our calling, to our city, and to our country?
    We must never forget the thousands who died the day. We all mourned profoundly, and we continue to mourn. Is there not one among our leaders who can remember how the firefighters, police officers, construction workers, and millions of big-hearted civilians acted on 9/11, and the months following?
    Have we forgotten how the inspiration, courage, and the self-denying duty of all Americans contributed to easing the burden and the pain of the murderous attack on our soil? Do we have leaders who can remember that the effect of the present on the future is the definition of history?
    It is time for all of us to act. We must alert all of the first responders in our community, police and fire. We must call and write to our congresspersons and our senators. Their names and addresses are at CONGRESS.ORG. We must tell them of our concern, and ask them to stop the LMDC from committing to a design for construction.
    We must write to President Bush. A million letters in one week from the nations firefighters and police officers would be an alarm for all in Washington. This will be a national monument, no doubt, and one of our most important and most visited. Washington will stop the design decision when they hear from you.
    Instead of rushing forward to an arbitrary mid-December deadline, we would then consider many potential designs in an open forum, as we did after the initial designs for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center were met with public rejection.
    The nation’s people should have a voice, and should study some 200 of the designs submitted to the jury. We should hold town-hall-type meetings at which people from all walks of life can have their say, and not just from the New York arts community. AmericaSpeaks.com is a perfect and trusted forum for such meetings.
    This memorial is not just a local commemoration; it will be and must be the standing symbol of a national tragedy. It must represent the history of that day as it happened. It must represent the spirit and the personality of Americans as we saw that day, the heroism of civilians, firefighters and police officers who put the importance of the lives of others before the importance of their own.
    It is time to think more deeply about how we want to remember Sept. 11, 2001. EMAIL THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. It is time to act, now, today, just as we all acted on that memorable day.

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