Government Website Dismisses Father of
Flight 93 Hero
National Park Service website, which is part of the U.S.
Department of Interior, has many pages devoted to the defense of the
Flight 93 memorial design. The site makes no secret of the intense
conflict over the design of the memorial, which is seen by many as a
giant crescent shaped Mosque that points to Mecca, complete with an
Islamic prayer-time sundial.
telling part of the defense of the design is where the designer
of the memorial admits that the father of Tom Burnett Jr., a Flight
93 hero, is against the design. While architect Paul Murdoch claims
that Tom Burnett Sr., was at one time "satisfied" with the design
(something the Burnetts say is "not a true statement"), Murdoch
admits that Mr. Burnett speaks out against the design. It is on page
three of a questions and answers page of the government website: Click Here
American PA article quoted the Flight 93 hero's
mother, Beverly Burnett, as clearly oppose to the design:
“We need to settle this once and for all, with both sides at the
table,” [Beverly Burnett] said in a conference call. “I ask you
why do you think Tom Sr. opposes the design. He saw Islamic symbols
in it from the start and he knew that it doesn’t belong.” Click Here
The large crescent shape design,
originally called "The Crescent of Embrace," can be seen on the
government site: Click Here -- The Burnetts have
even been denied their request to simply have their son's
name omitted from the memorial. And
page five of the Q&A page, Paul Murdoch asks the question, "How
would you give thanks to someone for a sacrifice they made for you?"
If I may answer that: I would do nothing, before I would do
anything that would offend a single close family member of even one
of our Flight 93 heroes. To offend a father and then
to just dismiss him, as if he is a "nobody" in this, is a total lack
of honor. However, Murdoch says that it's done with an "embrace."
even by force.
Debra J.M. Smith - © 08-25-10 -- For more in-depth
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