The New York Times has an article about the recent announcement about changes to the World Trade Center site plan, which was previously put together by the Daniel Libeskind firm. Main changes include slimming down the buildings other than the 1,776 foot “Freedom Tower”, and making them taller. There’s a pretty neat “interactive” feature you can click on, over on the right-hand side, where you can hear what the changes are, and look at the original design, in slideshow format with voiceover. Pretty cool stuff. [yes, registration is required at the NYT]
Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal, writing in Friday, September 12th’s paper, says that the space where the WTC previously existed doesn’t need to be rebuilt. Why, you might ask? He quietly edges around the fact that we’re “moving on”, so to say. He wants to keep the memory by keeping the ground open. I’ve never really thought about it this way, although I’m not one who has thought “if we don’t rebuild, then the terrorists win”, either.
But after watching some television coverage and listening to the complacency on most radio stations, I think that there are too many people who are willing to move on and do whatever they want to do. Not that we all shouldn’t live our lives, but sometimes there needs to be a little realization on what sacrifice happened on that day. We don’t sit there proclaiming acts that happened during the Civil War, but we celebrate Lincoln’s birthday (President’s Day, with all of the celebrated ones together) for a particular reason. D-Day is on all of our calendars. Shouldn’t 9/11 be on our calendars? I think it should. Your Page-A-Day should have it in there in a different font or whatever at the bottom or top of the page, however it’s set up. It’s not that it’s a holiday, but we have to be respectful of what happened.
People will read his article, or what I’ve written and toss it out the window like gobbledegook – but it isn’t. America can’t just sweep this under the rug by doing their own thing and building some new buildings. It’s always going to be there, whether we like it or not. The Japanese have Hiroshima to deal with, the German population has to overcome Nazi stereotypes, and now we have something we have to have on our heads. This is why the “Never Forget” mantra floats around so much. Because we’re so busy in the USA isn’t an excuse for a reality check.
So while I don’t wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Henninger’s idea for not rebuilding, I do agree that we can’t forget about this or just let it go like it isn’t that important. It should be the basis for what our country’s platform is from now on. Not who stole which election.