2003-02-01 / Letters

We Need To Be Reasonable

We Need To Be Reasonable

Dear Editor;

We grieve for all those who died on Nov. 12, 2001, but respect must be given to the living as well.  To put a public memorial on private property in the midst of a residential area is just not feasible.  Kids want to be able to play ball, families want to have block parties, we want it to be an area that continues to celebrate life.  Our neighbors wish to rebuild their homes and for the city to stand in their way is disgraceful.   Loosing someone you love is always a tragedy no matter the circumstances.  Loosing more than one loved one at a time is a horror no one should endure, but we need to be practical and being practical does not mean being unsympathetic or disrespectful.  Moises Perez, director of the advocacy group Alianza Dominica was quoted as saying that the Dominican families "see the area as ground zero."  Capt. Edward States' widow Mary Alden equates the WTC on site memorial plans with the plans for a memorial to the victims of Flt.587.  This bothers me. Although both events were equally heartbreaking with large numbers of lives lost the similarity ends there.  On Sept. 11 America was attacked by terrorists via The Twin Towers and for thousands that area is their final resting place.  As horrendous as the crash was thank God the bodies were able to be recovered, given proper burials and Beach 131 Street is not their final resting place. 

Almost always, if a memorial is erected, it is done in a place that is easily accessible, public, and not in the back yard of someone who endured enough tragedy to last a lifetime.

In other incidences such as Brookville, Long Island, where planes crashed in a residential area, memorials were not built on those exact sites out of consideration to those who survived.  As a compromise why don't we consider placing a second memorial for the victims of the plane crash at the same site with the memorial being built for the Rockaway Sept. 11 victims?   It is only a few blocks from the crash site and located in a more open, nonresidential area, where large groups could be accommodated more easily, not to mention it is easily accessible by train from Washington Heights as well.  We all need to be reasonable and consider those left behind as well as those who died.

M.L. GIROSSETO


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