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  • E40FDNYL35
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    WE MUST REMEMBER OUR 9-11 FALLEN UNIFORMED RESCUERS ON THE GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL!

    On September 11, 2001, thousands of uniformed rescuers rushed into the burning towers of the World Trade Center and executed the most successful rescue operation in US history, saving over 25,000 lives. However, on this fateful day, 343 Firefighters, 60 Police Officers, and other uniformed rescue workers gave up their lives defending our freedom.
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    “All lives are equal, but these were people that we asked to put their lives at risk to protect the rest of us," Bloomberg said. "Roughly 400 of them did not go back to their families that night. And we want to make sure they get recognized. ” – Mayor Mike Bloomberg

    “I believe the rescue workers need to have special recognition.” – Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani
    “I hope that any future memorial at the World Trade Center site will appropriately reflect the sacrifice these men made and specifically identify their role." – Nicholas Scoppetta, FDNY Commissioner
    “As 9/11 itself - and the subsequent War on Terror - has shown, America depends on its heroes. Identifying them so in the memorial is the least Americans can do.” – The New York Post
    Don’t these uniformed rescuers deserve to be listed together by department
    on the memorial along with an appropriate recognition of their sacrifice?

    Since early 2002, the Advocates for a 9-11 Fallen Heroes Memorial has lobbied Gov. George Pataki and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC)—the people responsible for the development of the Ground Zero Memorial—requesting that the courage and sacrifice of these uniformed rescuers be appropriately acknowledged on the memorial. Many tens of thousands of Americans from across the nation have sent messages to Gov. Pataki and the LMDC supporting our simple request.

    On November 19, eight designs were released for public commentary. As The New York Daily News noted, “several designs also subtly and appropriately remember the heroism of the rescuers who charged into the towers on brave, doomed missions. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which culled the eight designs from among 5,201 entries, must, where possible, heed (this sentiment).”

    WE NEED YOUR HELP RIGHT NOW! Contact Governor George Pataki at 518-474-8390 (a 24 hour, 7 days a week message center) or email him: www.state.ny.us/governor/form.htm. Ask him, “To ensure that the eight Ground Zero Memorial designs are revised so that the uniformed rescue workers will be listed together by department, including their rank, unit and badge number, along with a recognition of their brave actions.”

    VISIT the LMDC website at: http://www.renewnyc.com/Memorial/frm_memcomments.asp and www.imaginenewyork.org and comment on the designs using our message above.

    For further information call: John Finucane, Chair (Lt., ret, FDNY), Tel: 845-548-4234; [email protected]

    Published by: Advocates for a 9-11 Fallen Heroes Memorial www.911fallenheroes.org

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    The 9/11 designs fail to connect

    By JACK LYNCH
    Lynch, father of Firefighter Michael Lynch Engine 40, who was killed on 9/11, is an executive board member of the Coalition of 9/11 Families.

    On the 140th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. unveiled the eight designs selected as finalists in the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition - and all of them failed in fundamental ways.
    While the designers' concepts are intriguing and respectful to those who died, they were limited by the guidelines for the competition imposed by the LMDC. The limitations impaired the artists' ability to use their creativity and vision to preserve the bedrock footprints, as many of the families of those killed on 9/11 had requested.

    One has only to remember how the families descended to the bottom of the ramp on the last two 9/11 anniversaries to walk onto the footprints of the twin towers, lay down flowers, pick up stones and soil and kneel or sit and cry on this sacred ground to understand why the bedrock of the footprints is so important.

    The city medical examiner's office reports that 1,218 of the 9/11 casualties have not been identified. The bedrock footprints is where the families of these loved ones should be able to go to connect, mourn and reflect.

    Another disappointing aspect of the designs is the absence of artifacts that capture the devastation of 9/11 - the steel walls that remained standing after the towers collapsed, the mangled Koenig Sphere or the cross that was almost magically formed by two surviving beams.

    The designs do not fail because of a lack of creativity, but because of their lack of connection with the event they are supposed to memorialize. These original relics of the site would help make this connection.

    The designs also failed to capture the immediate response of citizens from all over the country who rushed to our support in the aftermath of this evil attack.

    The true essence of a memorial is to bring history alive for those who have not felt or understood that moment in time. Early in the process, the LMDC formed advisory councils to allow input from the several constituencies most affected by 9/11, groups that could contribute to an understanding of that moment, and held several meetings. Our group, the Coalition of 9/11 Families, clearly conveyed the message that we wanted no infrastructure on - and maximum access to - the bedrock footprints.

    Now as we look at the final designs, we realize that our input and our concerns were not acted upon.

    The artists forgot that they were designing a memorial where 2,752 of their fellow beings died in an attack on our freedom and that, as at Gettysburg, the bedrock is hallowed ground.

    One has to wonder whether selecting any design in this short time frame is just too hasty. If it is a decision compelled only by an urgent desire to rebuild, it may well be a decision we will come to regret in the future.
    Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 11-21-2003, 05:32 PM.

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    It takes time but well worth it

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  • Quigger
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    5806

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  • emtbff927
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    Never Forget!

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    MEMORIAL

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    Have you forgotten ???

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    November 17, 2003 -- Just days before eight Ground Zero memorial designs are made public, development officials yesterday criticized a proposed federal study aimed at putting the National Park Service in charge of the tribute. They said a bill introduced in Congress by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) that authorizes the study could cause delays in rebuilding if it is passed

    But Maloney and 9/11 family members said the study is needed to determine whether the Twin Towers' "footprints" should be given landmark status - which could keep anything but the memorial from being built on them.
    "We are undertaking a comprehensive environmental review which incorporates the historic nature of the footprints," said Lower Manhattan Development Corp. president Kevin Rampe.
    "An additional layer of bureaucracy will not lead to a better result but will serve only to delay the construction of an appropriate memorial."
    He warned that decisions about things like the Freedom Tower, a permanent PATH station and the memorial itself could be stalled.Giving the memorial site federal status now could take control away from state and city officials, he added.
    On Wednesday, the LMDC will reveal eight finalists chosen by a jury in an international memorial design competition. A winning design will be picked before the end of the year.
    The bill, introduced earlier this month by Maloney and Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), would require the Park Service to complete a study within six months "to evaluate the national significance of the site and the suitability and feasibility of establishing the site as a unit of the national park system."

    The bill is backed by the Coalition of 9/11 Families, which wants to preserve the footprints of the Twin Towers down to bedrock - and objects to projects such as an expanded PATH train platform that would encroach on them.,

    Anthony Gardner, whose brother, Harvey, was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, said the study would focus on things such as the remains of the Twin Towers' steel columns, which were cut down to bedrock during the Ground Zero recovery effort. "They're the last trace of the original towers on bedrock," Gardner said. "There needs to be a closer evaluation and assessment of what is there before they go ahead and pour millions of tons of concrete on top of these [columns]."

    Maloney defended the bill, saying, "A quick rebuilding is a wonderful goal but not at the expense of getting this right."




    Never Forget 9-11-01

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    A PASS ALONG...

    Thank you all for your interest in Imagine New York.
    As you may know, the week of Nov. 17, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will announce eight finalists for the memorial at the World Trade Center site.
     Imagine New York is planning a series of public workshops in Lower Manhattan to allow the public to give feedback on the new designs. The workshops will feature an optional visit to the exhibit of the final designs at the Winter Garden, followed by a two-hour roundtable workshop discussion. They will take place Nov. 20, 21, and 22.
    If you would like to participate in a workshop, please reply to this email with your name, address, and telephone number. You can also call the Imagine NY hotline at 212-750-3972. Once the plans have been released, you will be able to submit your comments online at our website, http://www.imagineny.org, if you can't attend a workshop. Please check our website for more details.

    Thank you,

    Seth Johnson
    Imagine New York, Project Coordinator
    Municipal Art Society
    457 Madison Ave.
    New York, NY 10022
    t: (212) 935-3960x248
    f: (212) 753-1816




    Advocates for a 9-11 Fallen Heroes Memorial
    990 McLean Avenue
    Yonkers, NY 10704
    845.548.4234/914.237.1075
     
    To all concerned:
     
    We need a good turnout at these work shops and we need many, many people emailing in their opinions on the 8 finalists. And if they don't comply with what we are requesting, make sure you let them know and reiterate what we are asking for. If there are good ones, likewise, make sure you let them know.  See below for our position.
     ALSO, once the finalists are released, we will provide regular action alerts and updates through our website: 911fallenheroes.org
     
    Dear Governor George Pataki:                    
    Please ensure that the bravery and sacrifice of the 9-11 Fallen Heroes (FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and all other uniformed rescue workers killed on 9-11 at the World Trade Center) are properly recorded on the Ground Zero Memorial, and that their names are listed together, by department, including their rank, unit and badge number.             
    In unity,           
    Lt. John Finucane, Chairman

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  • ffdfireexplorer
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    im # 5304

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    PLEASE SIGN... NEVER FORGET

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    " ...but we will never build where the towers stood. It will always be a permanent and a lasting memorial to those who we lost...Where the towers stood, where the towers stood is hallowed ground."

    Governor Pataki's June 2002 Speech to the families.

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  • PFire23
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    Ray I signed and sent it in yesterday!!!

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    Please if you haven't signed please do...

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