We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...so it may as well be me. As someone who works in NYC every day, I am growing weary of the 9-11 "families." They are not sacred. There were a lot of folks who were successfully attacked by Jihadists, but that gives their families no special moral status. They are regular people, and it could have been me or you.
Their endless, entitled demands on the city have become ridiculous, and it has become some wierd mission or morbid obsession, it appears, on their part. They are wrong to use their loss to control and manipulate the rest of us: that is an abuse of grief.
Personally, I think a bronze plaque on a wall of the new building would be perfectly appropriate: "On this site, on September 11, 2001, America was attacked by Islamic Jihadists resulting in the deaths of 2752."
We do not need a multi-billion dollar hystrionic thing to remember what was done to us, as a city and as a nation. A self-selected group of "Families" have become professional mourners and wailers, and that is unbecoming - and annoying. Bury your dead, remember them in your hearts, set your spirit against the enemy, and move forward. And quit it with the victim family schtick (sp?). All of us around here had friends and neighbors and family members die in 9-11, but don't make that grief a life-long career. We have also had plenty of death in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are in a war which we did not seek, or want.
Not one of us forgets what was done to you and your loved ones, and to us as a nation. We saw it. We are dealing with the enemy. That is what matters, and that will be history's memorial.
Thank you Maggiesfarm for saying that which we dare not say. people lose loved ones every day, albeit not in such a horrific manner. Quit wearing your mourning outfit. The greatest memorial would be to see the twin towers built in the same location. This would be a thorn in the islamofascists eye
If it were me, I would want my memorial to be the biggest, liveliest building in the city. We have plenty of memorials and tombs; they are scattered across the city, they are forgotten in a generation. When was the last time a New Yorker ever actually visited Grant's Tomb?Or the WWII memorial at the Battery- not jogged by it, actually visited it? The Prison Barge memorial? How may people in this city even know or care where the Revolutionary War Prison Barge memorial is?
But a Building- a great one- that keeps the past, but also embraces the now and looks forward to the future. New York City is, above all else, alive and vibrant, and I would want my memorial to be a part of that, and not an empty and forgotten exception to it.