Monday, September 12, 2005

A Fitting Memorial

The proposed memorial to the 9/11 flight 93 forced down by its brave passengers is a bloody disgrace - it depicts the crescent, the symbol of the murderers. I suggest a group of figures modeled on the people who fought back.

There's no need to examine the motives of the lefty perpetrators - we've seen them in action at the WTC.

For me the essence of Flight 93 was the refusal of ordinary Americans to passively accept death, but instead to band together and fight it with ingenuity, determination and raw courage.

Memorials are our messages to future generations. The powerful and moving
Korean War Memorial in Washington DC exemplifies this. It looks like this:

The memorial is composed of:

...19 statues sculpted by Frank Gaylord of Barre, Vt., and cast by Tallix Foundries of Beacon, N.Y. They are approximately 7’3" tall, heroic scale and consist of 14 Army, 3 Marines, 1 Navy, 1 Air Force. They represent an ethnic cross section of America with 12 Caucasian, 3 African American, 2 Hispanic, 1 Oriental, 1 Indian (Native American).

Its production was overseen by the people who were actually there:

...authorized by Public Law 99-572 on Oct. 28, 1986 "…to honor members of the United States Armed Forces who served in the Korean War, particularly those who were killed in action, are still missing inaction, or were held as prisoners of war."

The law established an advisory board of 12 veterans appointed by the president to coordinate all aspects of the memorial’s construction.

So, here's my suggestion. Scrub the crescent, and commission Frank Gaylord to produce a similar group with input from of a group of 11 people selected by the president from the relations, friends, and colleagues those who died on flight 93.

I'd show them as the terrorists saw them - an implacable group advancing on their tormentors - passengers, crew, men and women.

And so America will teach generations to come the source of its greatness.