Take back the Memorial by 9/11 Families


Thread Starter
Aug 21, 2004
Petition www.takebackthememorial.org

Family Members Head to DC
June 28th, 2005

September 11th Families to Hold News Conference in Washington in Protest of Current Memorial Plans at Ground Zero

Washington, D.C., June 28, 2005 - Families of the victims of the September 11th attacks will hold a press conference and memorial walking tour in Washington, D.C. to protest the current plans for the memorial at Ground Zero in New York. Washington, D.C. is the first stop on a national grassroots outreach campaign to alert the American people to the continued minimization of the memorial and to urge President Bush and Congress to take action.

Current plans for the site call for institutions that have no relevance to the memorial whatsoever to directly infringe upon the quadrant designated for the memorial. The International Freedom Center will host programs and show content that are grossly inappropriate anywhere within the 16 acres that is Ground Zero.

Following the press conference, the families will embark on a walking tour of various memorials in Washington. Additionally, the families will announce next stops on a national tour of memorials to take their case to the American people to Take Back the Memorial.

We would be honored if families would join us on the walking tour and plan to meet at the WWII Memorial at 2 p.m.

Leaders of family groups of victims of the September 11th attacks

Wednesday June 29, 2005
12:00 p.m. News Conference
2:00 p.m. Memorial Walking Tour to Commence at the National WWII Memorial

National Press Club
Zenger Room
529 14th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

For more information, please contact Bill Doyle 718.948.2538 or 347.236.0885 or visit www.takebackthememorial.org

7 Days - 20,000 Signatures, and Counting
Apr 13, 2005
sept 11 was a tragedy... we all agree to that point (i hope) but so many ppl are over-reacting. on a side note, the whole spin that was put out that some time ago that if your anti-war your anti-american. thats BS. i think this war is a joke... a waste of tax payers $$. terrorist actions aren't things we wanna see in this country but this war is not it.... and families of those who died on 9/11... what about those who died at any other terrorist attack or any other war.... we pay them our respect.... leave it at that


Thread Starter
Aug 21, 2004
Contact: Anthony Gardner 973-216-2623

Major September 11 Family Organizations Challenge America and Its Leaders to Keep the Promise to Never Forget 9/11

July 11, 2005 New York, N.Y. ? At a press conference today on the steps of City Hall, family members of relatives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 representing fourteen major September 11 organizations challenged the International Freedom Center?s latest ploy to hijack the memorial at ground zero and called on America and its leaders to act now to ?Take Back the Memorial.?

The event was opened with a moment of silence in memory of the victims and survivors of last week?s bombing of London transport. The family organizations, which represent civilians, firefighters, police and emergency personnel, restated their objections to a massive cultural complex intended to house institutions that have no relevance to September 11, 2001 that infringes on and will overshadow the memorial.

?Freedom is an ideology,? said Charles Wolf whose wife Katherine was murdered in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. ?Ideologies change over time. Memorials are meant to be perpetual and eternal ? they?re meant to go beyond a period in time.?

?We must not make a mockery of the words ?Never Forget,?? said Debra Burlingame who lost her brother Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame III, pilot of American Airlines fight 77, which was crashed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. ?We think the public will not be fooled by the IFC?s new plan to appropriate 9/11 artifacts. It?s the height of arrogance and insensitivity to use these precious objects as mere window dressing or statuary.?

Calling on President Bush to intervene, Jack Lynch whose son, Michael F. Lynch died rescuing others in the South Tower on September 11, 2001 remarked, ?Mr. President, one of your staff last week stated in response to a reporter?s question that the memorial is a ?New York issue.? Nothing could be further from the truth; this is an American problem as it was America that was attacked. Saying that the memorial at Ground Zero is a New York problem would be like calling Gettysburg a Pennsylvania problem or Pearl Harbor an Hawaii issue. We expect better of you.?

The 14 major family organizations called on President Bush and Congress to come to their aid and honor their promises to ?Never Forget.? They asked all American citizens to log on to www.takebackthememorial.org, sign the petition and call their elected officials and ask them to make the WTC memorial reflect only the history and events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. They also called on the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation Boards who both meet later this week to exercise their fiduciary obligation to protect this memorial.


Thread Starter
Aug 21, 2004


*Every day more and more people sign our petition and the "big money"
special interests behind the International Freedom Center are running
scared! The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation announced that
they are "taking one last look around" for alternative sites for the
IFC and the Drawing Center.

While this is likely a delaying tactic, make no mistake: that "one
last look around" must continue until it results in the removal of
the IFC and the Drawing Center from Ground Zero. We do not view this
decision as "one last look around" - we view this as the last chance
for the IFC and the Drawing Center to find a home. These magnets for
controversy cannot remain there and we will not rest until they are

For more progress updates, see:
One Down, One to Go? {http://takebackthememorial.org/?p=108}
Eric Foner Quits as IFC Adviser


*To date we have 38,500 signatures on the Take Back the Memorial
petition, including almost 2,000 9/11 Family Members! We are making
good progress but we need your help!

Here are some things you can do:

*Download the Petition Kit

*Participate in Campaign America

*Take a few minutes to write a letter to the editor of your local
newspaper and tell them about the plans to turn the memorial at
ground zero into a political forum. Send them the link to Debra
Burlingame's Wall Street Journal op-ed, The Great Ground Zero Heist
{http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110006791} and ask them to
make your community aware of their plans. Also be sure to include a
plea for readers to sign the petition!

In addition to Debra Burlingame's op-ed, you can find more background
information on Tom Bernstein, George Soros, and the LMDC by visiting
our Frequently Asked Questions
{http://takebackthememorial.org/?page_id=122} page.


A Sense of Proportion at Ground Zero
Editorial Published: July 29, 2005 in the New York Times

Somewhere in the ill-conceived campaign to "take back the memorial"
at ground zero, false impressions have managed to triumph over facts.
This week, Debra Burlingame, a board member of the World Trade Center
Memorial Foundation, and others called for a boycott of fund-raising
for the memorial until the International Freedom Center and the
Drawing Center have been banished from ground zero. She argues that
money for the memorial will be intermingled with funds for the
cultural building that is supposed to house the Freedom Center and
the Drawing Center. This is both misleading and harmful to the
memorial itself. The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation has
pledged that its first priority is to build the memorial and create
an endowment for it. Private donors are free to specify how they
choose to have their money spent.

The attacks on the International Freedom Center - and, more broadly,
on the cultural component of Daniel Libeskind's master plan - make it
all too easy to forget the existence of a Memorial Museum that is
devoted wholly to the events of 9/11. Opponents of the Freedom
Center, like Ms. Burlingame, claim that the Memorial Museum will be
dwarfed by the cultural center. In fact, they overstate the size of
the Snohetta building, which is being scaled back for other reasons,
and they have exaggerated the floor space allotted there for the
International Freedom Center. They also make it sound as if the
Memorial Museum, which at 50,000 square feet is larger than the
public spaces in the Whitney Museum, is somehow an afterthought
relegated to the basement. It will be built underground, but that is
because the 9/11 families asked to have access to the bedrock and to
what remains of the foundation of the twin towers. To argue over the
size of these two spaces is to assume that emotional power is solely
the result of square footage. It is also to forget the profound
effect that going to the roots of the World Trade Center will have on
most visitors.

But this is not really a campaign about money or space. It is a
campaign about political purity - about how people remember 9/11 and
about how we choose to read its aftermath, including the Iraq war. On
their Web site, www.takebackthememorial.org
{http://www.takebackthememorial.org}, critics of the cultural plan at
ground zero offer a resolution called Campaign America. It says that
ground zero must contain no facilities "that house controversial
debate, dialogue, artistic impressions, or exhibits referring to
extraneous historical events." This, to us, sounds un-American.

This unsigned editorial is actually by Gail Collins, the Editorial
Board Editor for the New York Times. Not only does the Times smear us
and YOU as "un-American" for demanding the 9/11 memorial remain about
9/11, they attack Debra Burlingame, conveniently forgetting to
mention she is a 9/11 family member.

In response, A. Forkum of Cox & Forkum Editorial
{http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/000634.html} cartoons writes:

/They give themselves some wiggly room ("sounds to us"), but their
point is clear: the NYT considers it "un-American" to oppose building
a come-one-come-all political venue at the Ground Zero memorial. They
continue blowing a "free speech" smoke screen to obscure the
controversy: public funds are to be used to build a permanent
institution at Ground Zero dedicated to airing political discourse,
some of which will no doubt be sympathetic to the terrorists who
murderer thousands there. Why else would the NYT be so concerned
about "how people remember 9/11 and about how we choose to read its
aftermath, including the Iraq war"? Is the NYT afraid that a memorial
site dedicated solely to 9/11 will lead visitors to "politically
incorrect" conclusions?

/ Please take a moment of your day to write a response of your own to
their shameful editorial. Make sure to CC 911@takebackthememorial.org
{mailto:911@takebackthememorial.org} and we will publish your letter
{http://takebackthememorial.org/?page_id=127}, even if the Times does

Letters to the Editor - letters@nytimes.com
Gail Collins, NY Times Editorial Board Editor - gailc@nytimes.com


*The family member letter this week is from Karen Lee, of Long
Island, New York. She writes:

/"My beloved husband of over 9 years, Richard Lee, age 34, Cantor
Fitzgerald, was murdered on 9/11/01. He was kind, compassionate,
brilliant, generous, caring - a joy to be around. He always thought
of others first, at work and at home. Our son, only 22 months old at
the time, was robbed of the most devoted, loving father anyone could
wish for. What happened that day was not about left and right. It was
about right and wrong." - Read The Rest
9/11 Families for a Safe & Secure America invites you to submit
commentary for their /It's A Memorial/ series. - Lean More


For those in the New York area, Debra Burlingame will be on WABC 77
AM radio, with Mark Levin, at 7:35 PM Eastern this Friday, August
5th. For those of you outside the New York City area, you can listen
live to WABC 77 on your computer via streaming audio at

Listen {http://www.freepgs.com/wabc/showclips/072205/memorial.wma} to
Jennie Farrell's appearance on the Mark Levin's WABC radio show.
Jennie Farrell is the sister of James Marcel Cartier, killed in the
collapse of the South Tower.

Listen {http://limeshurbet.com/images/Gardner.07.05.mp3} to Anthony
Gardner's appearance on WABC radio. Anthony Gardner is the Executive
Director and Founder of the World Trade Center United Family Group.


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Nov 19, 2003
dear lord, those people really make me mad. OKC has a very nice memorial and it dosnt take up space, and dosnt waste "precious" downtown acreage. okc dosnt have a very big downtown so that part dosnt really matter. I don't see why anybody would want there to be that big hole anyway. It needs to be replaced with a beautiful AND useful building. if i were to die in something like that, that is what i would want to happen.
Jul 28, 2003
i signed that thing waaay back when there were a few thousand signatures.. im glad theres a thread on TSG here (y) (y)


Thread Starter
Aug 21, 2004

September 10, 2005 - New York, New York
Corners of Church & Liberty Streets

We ask our fellow Americans and friends from around the world to
travel to New York and stand with us to save Ground Zero from endless

Together, we can ensure the integrity of our nation's 9/11 Memorial
for future generations.

More details will be available at www.takebackthememorial.org
{http://www.takebackthememorial.org} as the date approaches.

If you are able to attend, please send a blank email to
rally@takebackthememorial.org {mailto:rally@takebackthememorial.org}
ASAP - this will help us get an approximate count on how many people
will be there.

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Thread Starter
Aug 21, 2004

Saturday, September 10, 2005, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

At the corners of Church and Liberty Streets at the World Trade Center Site

Rally will be held RAIN or SHINE

We ask our fellow 9/11 family members, Americans and friends from around the world to stand united with us to save Ground Zero from endless controversy. Together, we can ensure the integrity of our nation's 9/11 memorial for future generations.

If you are able to attend, please send a blank email to: rally@takebackthememorial.org

America, we stood together during our nation's darkest hours and now we must ask you to stand with us once again. Political discussions have no place at Ground Zero and the International Freedom Center honors no one by making excuses for the perpetrators of this heinous crime. The memorial should be about what happened that day, about the brave heroes who risked their lives so selflessly, and about the innocent lives that were lost... nothing more.

For more information, please visit www.takebackthememorial.org

Editorial Commentary by 9/11 Family Member Tim Sumner of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America:

"While Americans attend 9/11 memorial events around the country and 9/11 family member gather at Ground Zero, nearby an “international cultural summit” will be hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, September 8-11, 2005. Board members of both the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and organizers of the International Freedom Center will attend. The summit will conduct panel discussions about cultural protests and presumably which of them are “appropriate” for downtown and display political “art” that disparages our country. On 9/11 itself, the summit attendees will be taken on a walking tour of the World Trade Center site while below them, in The Pit, 9/11 family members will be at bedrock remembering the 3,000 they lost. This is how some of the caretakers of Sacred Ground, on the anniversary of the worst attack in our country's history, chose to treat the memory of that difficult day. The summit will even honor the late Susan Sontag, who, less than two weeks after the attacks, called the murderous 19 courageous:

"Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a 'cowardly' attack on 'civilization' or 'liberty' or 'humanity' or 'the free world' but an attack on the world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions... if the word "cowardly" is to be used, it might be more aptly applied to those who kill from beyond the range of retaliation, high in the sky, than to those willing to die themselves in order to kill others. In the matter of courage (a morally neutral virtue): Whatever may be said of the perpetrators of Tuesday's slaughter, they were not cowards." -- Susan Sontag, New Yorker magazine, September 24, 2001

This is the kind of moral equivalency which denigrates and disrespects those who died, those who gave their lives to save them. It declares "morally neutral" the kind of "courage" required to sacrifice one's life to kill as many innocent men, women and children as possible, with the willingness to die in order to save as many as one can. Do we entrust Ground Zero to people who cannot recognize the difference? READ MORE


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