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One Memorial to All 9/11 Victims in N.Y. Is Planned

March 14, 2003|From Associated Press

NEW YORK — Members of the agency overseeing the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site said Thursday they will erect a single memorial recognizing all of New York's Sept. 11 victims equally.

That position puts the agency at odds with those who are demanding special recognition for the hundreds of firefighters, police and rescue workers killed in the terrorist attack 18 months ago.

In a Thursday meeting of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., board member Tom Johnson, who lost a son in the attack, said, "What is called for is one memorial with no hierarchy of victims."

Several other board members agreed and said they would vote on a resolution next month.

Nearly 2,800 people died in the attack, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers. The firefighters and the officers received so much praise in the days following the attacks that relatives of the other victims complained their loved ones were being ignored.

Among those seeking special recognition for the rescue workers is retired firefighter John Finucane.

He said he wants "an appropriate memorial for these men who gave their lives to save the lives of strangers."

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