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Monday, August 20, 2007

Flight 93 Memorial Crescent Symbol
Still Under Criticism

Tom Burnett, Sr., from Minnesota - whose son Tom, Jr. died on Flight 93 - and others continue criticizing the design of the memorial (and I agree with them), for its structural designs which appear to honor Islam and the terrorists instead of the all the passengers on Flight 93. From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

    Nearly two years after the design of the United Flight 93 Memorial was changed to eliminate any perceived Islamic symbolism, the father of one of the people killed in the crash has asked that his son's name be withheld from the monument.

    "It's something I'd rather not do, but I can't get anyone to listen," said Tom Burnett Sr., of Northfield, Minn. "In a sense, I'm asking for a call to action."

    Mr. Burnett, who served on the Stage II jury that picked the winning design originally named "Crescent of Embrace," said that he raised his concerns about using a crescent-shaped grouping of red maple trees around the crash site then.

    "It's almost as though it's intentional," he said. "This design should not invoke any Islamic impression of any sort."

    [...]

    "A person facing into the giant central crescent of the Flight 93 Memorial is facing Mecca."
    There are 44 glass blocks being used in the design, representing the 40 passengers and four terrorists who hijacked the plane.

    The 93-foot tall Tower of Voices, which will include wind chimes to represent those who died, is an Islamic sundial. "Shadow calculations confirm that, on any day of the year, when the tower shadow reaches the inner arc of trees, it will be time for Islamic afternoon prayers."

    All Mr. Burnett is looking for, he said, is a "thorough, honest investigation," of the design and those elements.

    But personnel for the National Park Service, which will manage the memorial and 2,200 acre national park, have refuted each of the claims.




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