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Thursday, July 28, 2005

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Sorry the husband and I haven't posted in a weak. We went on a little vacation to the Kinnerit and the Golan. It was awesome, and I had soo much fun. We got to see so many different things. But, that's for another time. Just got back and am very tired Anyway, I saw a post on my new friend's, marklevinfan's blog. If your political leanings are conservative, and you're interested in politics, this is definitely a blog for you. Anyways, I was given persmission to repost one of his posts that I found to be of extreme importance. As many of you know, New York is planning on building the Freedom Tower and other buildings, a park, a memorial pool, etc where the World Trade Center used to be. This project is supposed to be a memorial and remembrance to the over 3,000 people who had their lives horrifically stolen from them by terrorists, on 9/11. For many of those that died, Ground Zero is their final resting place. In essence, that also makes the site a grave yard. However, there are plans to turn what should be a place of reflection for those lives lost into a political feeding ground to bash America. Planners behind the International Freedom Center want to turn what should be a museum, history, and shrine for the dead into a place where all of America's history is dissected and certain actions condemned. Now, I am not one to halt debate. I believe that history should always be dissected, discussed, and mistakes reflected upon. But, this is not the place for it. Ground zero is hallowed ground. It is a place to reflect on 9/11 and 9/11 only. It is not a place to talk about how barbaric it was when the first American settlers killed the Native Americans or how American policy led to 9/11. It's bull-shit, and it doesn't belong there!! This post is in response to this attempted dessecration. Help stop this planned construction. Let the committee know that the World Trade Center belongs to the victims, most of which still remain in its ground. Let them know that we demand that their honor and memory are the only things that deserve to be remembered on this sacred ground. Their spirits and families compel us to. Here's the post:

My friends, please, a moment of your time as I appeal to you on behalf of the families who lost loved ones on 9/11

My friends, I would like to make a personal appeal for your attention to this matter. Most of you who know me, know that I am a firefighter and as such I lost Three Hundred and Forty Three of my brothers on 9-11. This is issue is very personal to me.Many families of the people who were murdered that day never had the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones. Many of the families never had a chance to lay their loved ones to rest because their remains were never recovered. For all intents and purposes, this is their final resting place, and for that reason it is of the utmost importance that this memorial site be dedicated appropriately and wholly to their memory. These families deserve no less. Thank you all. Terry "Firefighter4bush"
My friends, if you haven't done so already, please go to
and join the 35650 people that have signed this petition. While you are there, take a moment to review the other initiatives that will bring attention to this effort to properly memorialize the lives lost on 9/11.
Many thanks to Mark Levin who has graciously given this issue the much needed attention it deserves. Again last night, Mark interviewed yet another family member who lost a loved one on that tragic day.
Jennie Farrell tells us the story of how she lost her brother, James Cartier.

**TAKE BACK THE MEMORIAL ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN AMERICA**We have made tremendous progress in the past few weeks. We now have over 35,000 signatures on our petition, including over 1,800 9/11 family members. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) is feeling the heat!Just recently, LMDC chairman, John Whitehead told the media that our efforts are causing corporate sponsors to withhold support for construction until the controversy over the International Freedom Center (IFC) and the Drawing Center is cleared up. We must continue putting on the pressure until the LMDC and Governor George Pataki remove the irrelevant and irreverent IFC and the Drawing Center from the 9/11 memorial.Your help is needed now more than ever in the fight to ensure a fitting and proper memorial at Ground Zero. Today we are pleased to announce two new ways you can help!This is America's memorial to those lost on 9/11. Please help us take it back by participating in our two new initiatives!
Click this link to find out how:
The battle over Ground Zero, by Jennie Farrell, (now in the archives of the New York Daily News), June 25th, 2005
Our leaders were charged with creating a memorial to honor those who were horrifically murdered on Sept. 11, 2001. But so far they have failed miserably. Instead of creating a memorial solely dedicated to the events of 9/11, current plans call for another institution, an International Freedom Center, right at the heart of Ground Zero, overlooking the memorial's pools, Reflecting Absence, that mark the footprints of the World Trade Center. Backers of the center say it will "tell freedom's story," and as a former educator, I am all for history lessons. But nothing from Sept. 10 belongs there. America was not attacked because terrorists were targeting the laudable figures in America's history whose stories would likely be told at the Freedom Center. A center devoted to the fuzzy idea of international freedom would be a site that hosts political debates on issues here and across the globe that have no direct bearing on the events of 9/11. Every inch of Ground Zero needs to be filled with the events, the artifacts and the stories of Sept. 11. It wasn't supposed to be this way. The memorial's mission statement says any developments on the site will be dedicated to strengthening "our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance." Those noble words refer only to Sept. 11. Words crafted from the broken hearts of mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, and fellow citizens, have been co-opted by the Freedom Center, which is inserting politics into the process of creating a memorial. Debates over the struggle for freedom here and across the globe are necessary, but they have no place at Ground Zero. For example, an entire museum could be devoted to the work of the city's medical examiner. What story can be better testament to freedom than the honor and the integrity of work done by the men and women of that office? But instead, as we recently learned, other agendas, including a museum with vulgar, America-bashing "art," have been trying to get a foothold at Ground Zero. Gov. Pataki has promised not to tolerate anything that denigrates our country or its heroes — but the fact that he had to step in shows how closely the process must be monitored. If any history lesson is going to be told, it should be this: On Sept. 11, 2001, we were attacked by terrorists and went to war to protect our freedom. I fear that, when the children of our fallen soldiers come to Ground Zero to try to understand why their mommy or daddy went to Iraq or Afghanistan and died there, the Freedom Center will not give them an answer. Gov. Pataki and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. need to share that concern just as deeply as I do. The minute a person steps foot on Ground Zero — as when one visits Gettysburg or the Pearl Harbor memorial — that person needs to begin understanding the magnitude of what happened there on Sept. 11, and walk away with a deeper resolve. They should come away understanding that freedom is not free — something that we who lost loved ones that day and lived through the attack already understand all too well. If we put politics aside and allow the stories of that horrific day and the events that followed to be told fully and accurately, then the souls of every human being who goes there will be moved to utter the words: Never forget. Never again. -- Farrell is the sister of James Cartier, who died on 9/11 and would have been 30 this week. To learn more about James and others, please visit http://www.jamescartier.com/


At 8:28 PM, Blogger Michal85 said...

Hey aliza, it's your sister!!!
Yay!!! Now i can write to you and we can talk!!!! How was your vacay with Dov!!! That was a sad post about 9-11~~ i can't believe in 3 months it will be the 3 year anniversary for it!! It's crazy how time goes by...tomorrow is yours and dov's 1 month wedding anniversary!!!!!!!!!! sweet...okayy this is my post name: michal1985...so add me to your blog people list!!!!!!!!!!

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Actually, it will be the 4th anniversary since it happened. But, thanks for joining the party.

At 12:40 AM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Greetings from Miami and have a good Shabbos.


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