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Flight 93 Families Dishonor Loved One’s Sacrifice

Posted by Casey on December 29, 2008

I hate writing this post. I really do. The idea that I have to write about the disgraceful actions of the relatives of the Flight 93 victims is stomach turning.

Here’s what is going on:

Most of the remains from the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, were never recovered, making the bowl-shaped crash site in the western Pennsylvania countryside an unofficial cemetery and, for surviving relatives, sacred ground.

But efforts to buy property for a national Flight 93 memorial have bogged down in federal red tape and a protracted land dispute, angering family members and risking plans to hold a dedication ceremony on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The delays have prompted an advocacy group, Families of Flight 93, to ask President Bush to personally intervene during his final weeks in office to allow the federal government to seize the land needed for the memorial and to allocate part of the money for the project.

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Excuse me, I threw up a little in my mouth.

I think everyone would love to see a memorial for the victims of Flight 93. Undoubtedly, we’d prefer the memorial on the site of the tragedy. Is memorializing the victims of one tragedy worth creating another tragedy?

This land is privately owned by a company who is willing to sell it for a fare market value, but they haven’t been offered that yet. Frankly, it shouldn’t matter if they never wanted to sell the land … it’s theirs! For the relatives of Flight 93 victims to demand that the federal government steal land from a private land owner is a travesty, and it dishonors the memories of their loved ones.

The passengers of Flight 93 didn’t just fight back to save their own lives. They fought back against the terrorists to uphold American ideals. Ideals like freedom, liberty, and private property. How would Todd Beamer react to this group asking the government to use eminent domain to seize privately owned land in order to build him a memorial? Somehow, I doubt Mr. Beamer would be in favor of such treachery.

The Flight 93 group, and the federal government need to cease their selfish, grandiose land grab. There is no honor in what they are doing. Only dishonor for the flight that fought back.

What do you think?

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