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    Victims' Names To Go Up At Ground Zero

    VICTIMS' NAMES TO GO UP AT GROUND ZERO

    By WILLIAM NEUMAN

    August 20, 2002 -- Plaques with the names of the more than 2,800 people killed on Sept. 11 will be mounted at Ground Zero in time for the first anniversary of the terror attacks, a redevelopment official said yesterday.

    Details of the planned tribute to victims were released during the first public discussion among their relatives and local residents and community leaders about how to plan a permanent memorial at the WTC site.

    The plaques will be mounted on a "viewing wall" being built by the Port Authority on Church Street to allow passers-by to watch construction at the site.

    Officials expect to have the plaques up in time for the Sept. 11 anniversary, said Tara Snow, a vice president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which sponsored yesterday's emotional meeting.

    Several family members said discussion of a memorial must begin with an agreement to set aside the footprints of the Twin Towers and, perhaps, the neighboring Marriott Hotel as "sacred ground."

    But there was disagreement about what that means, with some insisting the footprints be preserved down to the bedrock, because victims' remains were found at that level.

    That could force a proposed underground commuter walkway and basement bus terminals to be relocated.

    "There really is a deep divide among the families. It's going to be very difficult to navigate," said trade-center widow Christy Ferrer, who wants only the footprints set aside.

    But there was no rancor, and people seemed eager to hear other points of view.

    "What is clear to the residents is we are going to be living in the memorial," said Liz Berger, a member of Community Board 1.

    Tammy Meltzer, a downtown resident who worked at Windows on the World, atop the north tower, said, "It would be fitting to have some portion of a memorial at the top" of one of the new buildings.



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    9/11 victims' names to fence in memorial

    9/11 victims' names to fence in memorial


    The names of all the Sept. 11 World Trade Center victims will be displayed on a temporary memorial - a fence around the site, downtown redevelopment officials said last night.

    The city medical examiner's office issued the first comprehensive list of the victims yesterday but cautioned that the 2,819 names may not be the final tally.

    The list will be read by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other dignitaries during a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the attack.

    Officials expect to have a significant portion of the fence project finished in time for the commemorations.

    The announcement of the fence came at a special meeting convened by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to discuss the design of a permanent memorial.

    It was the first time victims' loved ones, people who live near Ground Zero, business owners and urban planning groups met to discuss the emotional issue. The overriding question was just how much of the Trade Center site is sacred ground.

    There is consensus the footprints of the fallen towers should figure in any memorial. But there is disagreement as to what the footprints entail.

    A coalition of victims' families, which wants more land set aside, defines the footprints as both ground level and the six stories below.

    "It's not just the top of the land where the towers stood," said Monica Iken, whose husband, Michael, was killed. "We want to respect where the remains were found. We know not everybody is going to agree with that."

    Christy Ferer, who lost her husband, Port Authority Executive Director Neil Levin, and is the city's liaison to the families, said other families view only the towers' surface footprints as sacred. She acknowledged the rift was a "deep controversy."

    Participants at the meeting said they would like to see the Tribute in Light, in which two shafts of light were beamed skyward, turned back on.

    City officials preparing a master plan to rebuild lower Manhattan are hoping to launch an international design competition for a memorial as early as January. The final design is expected to be chosen by the second anniversary of the attacks.

    Greg Gittrich and Corky Siemaszko



    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/stor...5p-11711c.html

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