An additional 18 pieces of human remains were discovered yesterday at
Ground Zero, pushing the grisly tally during a four-day search to 114, city
officials said. – New
York Daily News
On October 19, human remains were found at Ground Zero. Of the 2,749 people
killed on September 11, 1,150 have not been identified.
This past September marked the five year anniversary of the terrorist attack
also bringing criticism of the slow progress in building a proper memorial.
Commercials urge us to realize the time is right coupling that sentiment with
inviting your personal memories of that day. But in view of the recent
discoveries at the World Trade Center site, I wonder if the time is right.
I’ve long been in favor of a simple memorial to honor the lives lost. This is
hallowed ground, which still contains, as proved by recent findings, the remains
of the dead.
My vision is a memorial much like the World War II Normandy American Cemetery
and Memorial. I’d like to see headstones for everyone murdered that day,
treating the site as it truly is; a burial ground. It also captures the
magnitude of the event by visually displaying 2,749 symbols of a fallen loved
Many say that we need to rebuild the towers to show the terrorists we can’t
be defeated. However, the path to victory or defeat will not be traveled on the
height of a building, it is in the hearts of our children who must always
remember what happened on September 11, 2001.
I’d like to know what you think is an appropriate memorial.