9/11 Family Group Commends Anti-Defamation League In Opposing Islamic Community Center Near Ground Zero
Posted: August 1, 2010
Editor's Note: The following statement was released by the 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and World Trade Center Victims in response to the Anti-Defamation League's statement on the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero in Manhattan.
August 1, 2010 -- 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims applauds the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for their thoughtful, compassionate and intelligent statement ( 7/30/10) regarding the proposed building of an Islamic Community Center and Mosque near Ground Zero in NYC.
We express our heartfelt thanks to the ADL for the recognition of our grief and suffering which is evidenced in their statement:
We are ever mindful of the tragedy which befell our nation there, the pain we all still feel and especially the anguish of the families and friends of those who were killed on September 11, 200/...
We agree with the ADL recommendation that a different location be found for this Center, because retaining the present location would be counterproductive to the healing process. Healing of grief has not yet been achieved for so many of the 9/11 families, and especially for those 1,100 families who have never received any remains of their cherished loved ones. For all of us, Ground Zero is truly sacred ground, regardless of those public and private individuals who consider it merely commercial real estate.
We ask for tolerance, understanding and sensitivity for the families of the victims as well as for the honored dead - some of whose remains are still at Ground Zero. We remain extremely grateful for the courage and humanity of the Anti-Defamation League.
Deputy Chief Jim Riches, FDNY ret. & Rita Riches
Chairman, 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims
Father of FF James Riches, E-4, WTC/9/11
Deputy Chief Al Santora, FDNY ret. & Maureen Santora
Parents of FF Christopher Santora, E-54, WTC/9/11
Jim McCaffrey, LT/FDNY
Brother-in-law of B.C. Orio J. Palmer, Batt 7, WTC/9/11
Rosaleen Tallon, Ed.D
Sister of FF Sean Patrick Tallon, L-10/E-10, WTC/9/11
Mother of FF George C. Cain, L-7, WTC/9/11
Russell & Joyce Mercer & Christine Kopytko
Family of FF Scott M. Kopytko, E4/L15 , WTC/9/11
Sally & Sgt. Al Regenhard, NYPD ret.
Parents of FF Christian Regenhard, L 131/E.279, WTC/9/11