Ground Zero Sentries Eyed

A solemn honor guard of uniformed officers and civilians would stand watch at Ground Zero around the clock until a permanent memorial rises, under a plan proposed yesterday by a Lower Manhattan Development Corp. member.

Paul Crotty, a board member of the state-city agency, suggested assigning the sentinels to the World Trade Center site to pay homage to those killed Sept. 11.

Crotty said the honor guard would be reminiscent of the one stationed at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. "We'd always have someone there to pay respect to the deceased," he said.

Crotty's plan is backed by corporation chairman John Whitehead, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.

The idea is one of many tributes being considered by Mayor Bloomberg. The mayor and Gov. Pataki are set to announce today that the recovery operation at Ground Zero will end early next month.

Greg Gittrich

Original Publication Date: 5/16/02