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Via email, from Tim Sumner of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America:
James Cartier is named in the article as one of those murdered on 9/11. His entire family has signed our petition to take back the memorial at Ground Zero and his sister, Jennie Farrell, is one of our group's leaders (15 groups and 2,055 total 9/11 family members to date, as well as 38,000 of our fellow Americans).
ARLINGTON, Va. ? From rubble to avenging angel: The U.S. Navy is using steel from the World Trade Center in a new ship, according to the Navy.
Ten tons of steel from the World Trade Center?s twin towers will be used in the construction of the USS New York, according to a Navy official.
New York City firefighter Bill Butler also praised turning the steel from the World Trade Center into a fighting vessel.
?It?s a great testament to the strong will of the people who died that day,? said Butler, who was in the North Tower when it collapsed.
Butler was in a stairwell on the fourth floor when he heard what he said sounded like two freight trains roaring by in opposite directions.
It took him five hours to get out of the collapsed tower, he said.
Butler said the New York Fire Department supports U.S. troops. ?Our thoughts and prayers are with them every single day and we appreciate them defending our freedom, and we?re doing our best on the homefront,? he said.
"The union representing New York's Bravest yesterday demanded that the controversial International Freedom Center be removed from Ground Zero.And we will hold a Take Back the Memorial rally at the corner of Church & Liberty Streets adjacent the World Trade Center site from 9:30 to 10:30 am, Saturday, September 10th. America was attacked on 9/11 at that memorial is America's. We'd be honored to stand with our fellow Americans, first responders, and 9/11 family members that morning to ensure a fitting memorial, minus the rancorous political debates, is built on that hallowed ground.
In another blow to the cultural plans for Ground Zero, Uniformed Firefighters Association President Stephen Cassidy said the Freedom Center would "diminish the sacrifices that the 343 members of the FDNY made on 9/11. That is unacceptable."
Cassidy sent a letter announcing the UFA's position to Memorial Foundation director Gretchen Dykstra on July 27, but union officials made it public only yesterday.
"We cannot help but feel that if the International Freedom Center is to be located alongside the memorial, our membership, along with our 9/11 families, will come out strongly in opposition to supporting your foundation," Cassidy wrote."
Greyhawk here: Funny - while the Washington Post withdrew it's support for the Freedom Walk commemorating the attack on the Pentagon and the WTC in fear that it might become too political the NY Times continues it's unabashed opposition to the 9/11 families trying to keep the ground zero site from becoming completely political.