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The Call Blog: New Yorkers Mark 9/11 Anniversary With Remembrance And Protest

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Now that the television cameras are disappearing, politicians are too. Surprised? Don't be. This year's ceremony is the first without elected officials being "invited" to speak. I can only imagine what the future holds. It's just a matter of time before the ceremony is sponsored by a discount clothing store promoting a 24-hour "PATRIOT DAY SALE." Sad.



On the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center, thousands of New Yorkers gathered in lower Manhattan for the annual reading of the names. For the first time, politicians were not invited to speak during the ceremony.

On the eve of the anniversary, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum reached a deal with the Port Authority that ended a year-long impasse over financial concerns. The museum, which was supposed to open today, may now be complete by 2014.

Today, some 9/11 family members protested plans to bury more than 900 unidentified human remains underneath the museum. They say they don't want the remains to become a "tourist attraction." What do you say?

How did you mark the 11th anniversary of September 11? What's your reaction to the agreement that allows construction to resume on the museum after being delayed for a year? Do you fear the memorial and museum will be nothing more than a tourist attraction?

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I taught my 5th grade students - many not yet born or at most infants at the time of 9/11 - about the events of that day and aftermath.

I do not fear that the memorial and the museum will be nothing more than a tourist attraction because I believe that tourists and visitors and those directly connected need to have a place to ensure that we never forget!.

Jessica
Arden Heights



I recall this day with great sadness not only for the innocent victims here but for the many tragic consequences the actions of a few has meant for our military, our economy, and for the innocent lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan as well.

Felix
Bay Ridge



I don't think the remains should be under the museum. The remains should be in a peaceful resting place-not where all the horror occurred. How can those souls rest in such an environment.

Rosalie from Canarsie.



John,

I agree with the family lobby, but for a different reason. The WTC site is not a cemetery. No human remains should be placed on the site either above ground or below.

As for the Museum, it's not a business and shouldn't be on a business site.
The Wading Pools of Grief should be drained and two new twin towers built back in the space where they belong. Zero World Trade Center should be dismantled and shipped to the nearest garbage dump.

Read Debacle: Failing to Rebuild the Twin Towers for full detail about the disastrous and unacceptable corruption of the WTC Site.

Joe
Port Richmond, SI



Hi John,

I did the usual and said a few prayers and listened to the reading of the names. I thought that many of the relatives that read the names this year seemed to be more distraught than ever and rightfully so. Also everything in this city is political and shame on them and people are just fed up and they just seem to feel that they own this city lock stock and barrel and when finally leave one way or another and from the looks of it they are leaving more so than ever as a bunch crooks.

NO WAY IN HELL DO I BELIEVE THAT THEY CAME UP WITH A DECISION ABOUT THIS GROUND ZERO CONSTRUCTION PROJECT OVER-NIGHT=THIS WAS MORE LIKE A SHUT-UP DECISION BECAUSE THEY MUST HAVE BEEN FEELING THE HEAT FROM EVERY ANGLE=HOW DARE THEM DISREGARD OUR FEELINGS ABOUT THIS INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED TO SO MANY UN-SUSPECTING POOR SOULS THAT WITHOUT THEM KNOWING THEY WERE HEROES.

Thank you John,
maxxiee
mp



Bloomberg's will be done, AMEN ASHEM. I just recently discovered that a colleague of mine from French Cable was lost when the towers fell. We are all under the thumb of the Port Authority or the MTA. At least we have a President who put Bin Laden in Davy Joneses locker where hes making the sharks ill. The remains should go elsewhere but the commercialism in this town always wins out.

JS
Flushing



"With less than two months to go before Election Day, I would normally speak to a gathering like this about the differences between my and my opponent's plans for our military and for our national security," Romney told thousands packed convention hall. "There is a time and a place for that, but this day is not it."

Daylan



Hi my name is yanibel and i will like to say that today (9/11) i honor those family memebers that lost their love one on that day.. I also want to share how i wouldnt even picture my life without my mom especially at age 8 , she was part of that tragic but thank god that she made it alive. I also want to share I wanna say RIP yo those people who died. That they wont be never be forgotten . I also find it strange how the weather was like that day and the day it happen which it was on a tuesday.



For me, 9-11 is a day of commemoration and mourning. I lost a family member who worked on the 99th floor at the Windows of the World restaurant. But 9-11 is also a day in which I take the most pride in being a New Yorker. I felt such a strong sense of community and pride in being a New Yorker on that day more than ever before, and this is something that non-New Yorkers simply cannot relate to. At the end of the day only New Yorkers who lived the experience truly know what that horrendous day felt like. We don't need documentaries or movies to recreate scenes from 9-11, as I can still taste the immense fear and uncertainty I will forever associate with that day and it breaks my heart that this part of our history may just become a mere tourist attraction.

Rosalia from Inwood



I think that the distinction between commercialization and appropriate communication of the sacrifices of our citizens and first responders is one of perspective. I believe that the story of the terror, the names of the victims, and the tragedy of this event should be shouted from every rooftop, and told in every household. If "commercializing" the story accomplishes that, it should be supported. These men and women should be immortal reminders of what the dream of america represents, and what it takes to protect that dream. If we approach the memorial with the appropriate respect and reverence, the solemnity of the site will be preserved. It's up to us.

-Brian H.
Brooklyn



I think that the distinction between commercialization and appropriate communication of the sacrifices of our citizens and first responders is one of perspective. I believe that the story of the terror, the names of the victims, and the tragedy of this event should be shouted from every rooftop, and told in every household. If "commercializing" the story accomplishes that, it should be supported. These men and women should be immortal reminders of what the dream of america represents, and what it takes to protect that dream. If we approach the memorial with the appropriate respect and reverence, the solemnity of the site will be preserved. It's up to us.

Brick



I think the way they have commercialized the 9/11 memorial is disgusting. It's just another NY attraction. I have not visited it and probably will never will. The Staten Island memorial is incredibly beautiful, solemn and respectful. Without logos, vendors or giftshops.

Kevin from Staten Island



We must move on, 9/11 will never be forgotten but life goes on, get busy livin' or get busy dying.

Carmen from Bay Ridge



I think that the memorial will come to be visited like the War memorials: people visit them to remember or to learn or make a connection. Yes, tourists will come to visit, but in a way that is good, it keeps the memory alive for more than just the families and more than just the city. It keeps the memory alive on a much larger scale.

A in Astoria



It is time to move on. The 9/11 victims died as such, as victims - not as heroes - and deserve our respect like many others who perish in car crashes, of heart attacks, sickness, etc. Heroes are our soldiers. Period. Sorry and my condolences to the families. But, Society must move on

Andrew J. G.
Sunnyside. Queens



I was overseas the day the towers fell. Next time let's do it to them before they do it to us. God bless America.

Jimmy from the Bronx.



Regarding the subject 911 as a tourist attraction, I would hope that there are decent people from all the world globally that do reflect, remember and hope for the best.

S.P.
Bay Ridge



The memories and feelings that emerged on September 11th 2001 are always with me and on the Anniversary Day of Remembrance I feel incredibly sad. I remember the horror of watching the events unfold on television and waiting to see my daughter come home to the UWS walking with thousands of others up Central Park West. She worked Midtown but many others were covered with ash. She and I worked near the pile for weeks afterward making sandwiches and handing out water and throat lozenges. It was a profound experience that will never leave me and although, I did not lose anyone I know there were many connections through friends to people who died. My neighbor and friend was a firefighter and was in Tower 1. As he sat on the sidewalk next to his building, he kept telling us, "so many good guys, so many good guys." He left the FDNY and moved away. Last night, I went to the corner of 90th Street and CPW to look at the memorial lights. My heart fills with sadness and also great pride to be a New Yorker. We should always remember this day and I wish a National Day of Remembrance would be established to commemorate it.

Jane
Upper West Side NYC



I marked the anniversary by watching the reading of the names. I feel as though the scaled back ceremony felt too normal. It was crisp, beautiful and touching as always, but it felt like another day, when 9/11 can never be just another day.

John, Manhattan



There's no reason to worry about the site becoming a tourist attraction. Call it a destination for the global community. Isn't the Vietnam Veterans Memorial a tourist attraction? It's just not in the middle of the noisy, buzzing, powerful and unapologetically commercial city which is New York.

Margaret, Manhattan

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