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Bastardizing a memorial

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Link to view, also email address of the National Park service if you find fault with its design.  I've already sent my litany of objections.

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"Monumental surrender
Michelle Malkin (archive)

September 14, 2005 

I am not an architect, but here is my 9/11 architectural philosophy: War memorials should memorialize war. If you want peace and understanding and healing and good will toward all, go build Kabbalah centers.

 

 Please, for the sake of those who have sacrificed, let's put the design of war memorials in the hands of creative people committed to erecting monuments of courage over capitulation.".......

......" I remind you of all this because the official Flight 93 memorial unveiled last week is now embroiled in overdue public controversy. Funded with a mix of public money and private cash (including a $500,000 grant from Teresa Heinz's far-left Heinz Endowments), the winning design, titled the "Crescent of Embrace," features a grove of maple trees ringing the crash site in the shape of an unmistakable red crescent. The crescent, New York University Middle East Studies professor Bernard Haykel told the Johnstown, Pa., Tribune-Democrat, "is the symbol of ritual and religious life for Muslims."

 Some design contest jury members reportedly raised concerns about the jarring symbol of the hijackers' faith implanted on the hallowed ground where the passengers of Flight 93 were murdered. But their recommendations to change the name of the memorial (to "Arc of Embrace," or some such whitewashing) were ignored. Memorial architect Paul Murdoch, whose firm emphasizes "environmental responsibility and sustainability," did not return calls and e-mails seeking comment, but he did emphasize to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his creation was about "healing" and "contemplation." He is also proud of his idea to hang a bunch of wind chimes in a tall tower at the site as a "gesture of healing and bonding."

 Wind chimes? Hey, why not add pinwheels and smiley face stickers and Care Bears while we're at it, too?

 Let's set aside the utter boneheaded-ness of using a symbol that, inadvertently or not, commemorates the killers' faith instead of the victims' revolt. The soft-and-fuzzy memorial design of "Crescent of Embrace" still does injustice to the steely courage of Flight 93's passengers and crew. It evokes the defeatism embodied by those behind a similar move to turn the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York City into a pacifist guilt complex.

 This is no way to fight a war. Or to remember those who have died fighting it.

 A proper war memorial stirs to anger and action. We all remember passenger Todd Beamer's last heard words as he and his fellow Americans prepared to take back the plane from al Qaeda's killers, don't we?

 No, the phrase wasn't "Let's meditate." It was "Let's roll."

  (View the memorial design at http://www.flight93memorialproject.org/

Voice your concerns by e-mailing

FLNI_Superintendent@nps.gov

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/mm20050914.shtml

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Comments

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Comment by Rip Snorter - September 14, 2005, 9:11 am
"I am not an architect, but here is my 9/11 architectural philosophy: War memorials should memorialize war. If you want peace and understanding and healing and good will toward all, go build Kabbalah centers."

Interesting perspective. The Kabbalah is the metaphysical basis for most of the ritual magic practicioners of the New Age, but the Kabbalah is an ancient Hebrew holy document having nothing much to do with war, or peace, outside the context of the give and take peace practiced by ancient Old Testament Hebrews.

Seems to me it isn't clear at all what this man's saying with his opening statement.

As for the rest, it was a juried selection for the design. Presumably the jury passed it through some other authority for final approval. A person has to assume the thing met the approval of enough reviewers, who probably don't feel less anguish for what happened than the writer, to get accepted.

Evidently the writer objects to the symbolism of the red crescent, and the fact the monument isn't bellicose enough to suit him. When it comes to crescent symbols of any sort, you names your own poison concerning what it represents, so it changes from one person to the next.

No, the phrase wasn't "Let's meditate." It was "Let's roll.", says the writer. Let's roll was the phrase that was needed then. But 'let's meditate' ain't at all inappropriate for today, several years later.

Jack

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konaneComment by konane - September 14, 2005, 12:36 pm
http://www.zombietime.com/flight_93_memorial_project/   

Take a look at a top view on this page.

Whether accidental or subliminally on purpose it should be redesigned because we're still at war with Islamic terrorists, and that symbol is part of their distorted version of their religion.

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