Editors Note: Thomas and JoAnn Meehan of the Holiday Heights section of Berkeley Township lost their daughter Colleen Ann Barkow in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Ex-Mayor of
New York City, Mayor Bloomberg since the dedication has offered the
advice to write to Congress if you are in disagreement with the entrance
fee of $24.
The fee which is actually based on the museum
his stewardship created. His personal contribution of $15 million
dollars, and achievement of completing the project is to be applauded,
but at what cost?
The $24 dollars needed to operate the
museum, pay salaries, and provide security is clearly a product of his
stewardship. His plan to sell the name to the federal government while
stalled in Congress would use your taxpayer dollars to subsidize the
costs he has created.
While the museum shop may support the operating cost, a necessity to some, having the remains of those unidentified victims along with the store, only enforces the concept that you must pay to pray or honor these remains.
There is no tomb of the unknown, no eternal flame, no artifact above ground to teach future generations of what happened that day. People at both ends of the spectrum rage about these issues, but these issues are not just 9/11 family issues, they are issues that you the American public should participate in too.
Learn the facts, then write your
congressional representatives. Ask why the U.S. Parks department who
guard our war dead, are not good enough to operate, guard and protects
the 9/11 site.
Ask why there was no survey of all the families, to determine the final interment of those still in the care of the medical examiner. These are the questions you would think should be asked, but are lost in the media frenzy to grab a sound bite, or shine a light on someone's emotional response.When all is said and done, what was required was a simple effort to ensure that the victims were remembered, the volunteers honored, and those that made the ultimate sacrifice not forgotten. Nothing more, nothing less.