Wednesday, September 28, 2005

IFC removed from the NYC Ground Zero memorial

Been a long day away from the blogosphere but what's in my inbox when I get home?

::::::::We are very pleased to announce that Governor Pataki has announced the removal of the International Freedom Center (IFC) from Ground Zero. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/28/AR2005092801849.html for details.

Every since June 8, 2005 when Debra Bulingame's op-ed, The Great Ground Zero Heist, appeared in the Wall Street Journal, we have fought together for the preservation of the dignity of Ground Zero. With your help, we have achieved a major victory toward that goal.

We will continue to monitor the plans for Ground Zero to ensure that a fitting and proper memorial is built; one that is respectful of the victims murdered that day, their families, the first responders, and the American people.

A press release on the removal of the IFC from the 15 family member groups is expected in the next 24 hours and we will post it @ www.takebackthememorial.org as soon as it becomes available.

Thank you again for your support, prayers, and dedication. We simply could not have done this without you.

Sincerely,

Robert D. Shurbet
Founder/Web Master
TakeBackTheMemorial.org
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I'm very pleased to see this. Like the Flight 93 memorial, I feel that a "memorial" should be just that, not a history or political lesson. On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists hijacked 4 aircraft and crashed 2 of them into the World Trade Center resulting in the deaths of over 2000 people. The courageous heroes of the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department charged into chaos that morning trying to save the lives of those trapped in the burning buildings. Many, many of those heroes put their lives on the line and then stepped boldly across it in pursuit of their duty and in defense of their fellow citizens, not to mention those international visitors in the buildings that day. The memorial is to the memory of those that died that day due to the inexcusable actions of terrorist cowards.

The IFC would be as appropriate there as a neo-Nazi membership drive held in the lobby of the DC Holocaust Museum. I'm sure there are people who would like to see it. It just needs to be done somewhere else.