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Families of 9/11 victims protest NYC plans to move unidentified remains

Published time: May 09, 2014 01:09
A picture of New York City firefighter James Crawford, one of the thousands of people who died of the attacks of September 11, 2001, is seen at the 9/11 Memorial ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2013.(Reuters / Chris Pedota)

A picture of New York City firefighter James Crawford, one of the thousands of people who died of the attacks of September 11, 2001, is seen at the 9/11 Memorial ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2013.(Reuters / Chris Pedota)

Family members of the victims killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have scheduled a demonstration for this weekend to protest a plan to relocate unidentified remains at the site underground.

New York City officials announced that they plan to move the unidentified remains from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on the East Side of Manhattan to a tomb beneath the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which stands where the twin towers once were. A group of relatives has criticized that plan, asking that the remains be moved instead to an above-ground space in the 9/11 memorial plaza.

Let us have a voice! Let us have a say!” Jim Riches, a retired firefighter whose son was killed in the terrorist attacks, told the Associated Press. “We are outraged and we will never rest until our loved ones, America’s heroes, rest in peace.”

The remains, including approximately 7,930 body parts, will be moved Saturday in a solemn procession of New York City police officers and firefighters. Once there, they will be put into a specially designed burial vault at the bedrock level. The entire process will be overseen by the medical examiner, who hopes that new technology will eventually help officials determine the identities of the remains.

Still, family members say they are not looking forward to the museum’s opening, scheduled for May 21.

It’s a day of sadness and a day of outrage,” Sally Regenhard, the mother of a fallen firefighter, told the AP.

City officials maintained that they checked with family members before deciding on a plan and said that relatives have had opportunities to contact the city, either to complain or request more information. The problem, critics say, is that the city only consulted a fraction of the victims’ families, perhaps with the aim of intentionally distorting the result.

The city won’t do a survey because they know we’re right, that the majority of family members would say no,” said Norman Siegel, a civil rights attorney who represents the families opposed to New York’s plan.

The AP obtained a memo written by a member of the Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration revealing that a process was in place to inform family members about the plan and that the administration intended to carry out the relocation without informing the public. Shortly after Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in, his administration went public with the plan to transfer the remains.

Word of the protest surfaced just days after a sad milestone. The names of twenty new police officers were added to the New York State Police Officers’ Memorial, including 13 who passed away in recent years due to illnesses that were the result of rescue and recovery efforts in Lower Manhattan. That increased the number of officers who died from cleanup-related illnesses, more than the 60 policemen who were killed in the attack.

Comments (5)

 

Peter Jennings 10.05.2014 13:13

The US admin can no longer get any mileage out of their own attacks on their own people so they will now try to sweep it all under the carpet and wait it out for those who were there to die off, as they don't get medical care even though they put their lives on the line that day to rescue people of all nationalities.

Bushwacker junior stood on the rubble, smiled and read out his script. I can't belive americans are that gullible.

9 9% of americans know the truth but don't want to face it. And I thought america was the home of the brave. The UK has the same problem, as of 7/7 bombing.

Yo u reap what you sow I guess.

 

Joseph Dupont 10.05.2014 03:47


The anger of the families of the victims of 9/11/2001 is misdirected. While these families are protesting the current proposed resting place of approximately 7930 body parts from the attack on the World Trade towers, they seem to be oblivious to the fact that the same government which allowed the attack that killed their loved ones to take place is now funding Al-Qaeda! The attack on 9/11 has resulted in the loss of rights given to us with the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215! The same people who allowed the attack to take place have been rewarded with riches beyond belief.

 

joseph aziz 09.05.2014 07:08

Plenty of people here in New York can attest to watching two planes hit. Your conspiracies have some merit but you can't believe every YouTube video you see.

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