Reader Mail: 9/11 memorial
7/21/2008 Reader Mail Update:
Almost a year ago, a Hoboken411 reader complained about the horrible state of the 9/11 Memorial dedicated to Hoboken residents that lost their lives.
To this date, nothing has been done to rectify the situation, resulting of course, in another reader who has concerns:
Not dignified, but rather an embarrassment
“Some time ago, the 9-11 memorial down at Pier A suffered some damage, and one of the glass sides fell off. It was hastily repaired, and I think the assumption at the time was that a full repair would be done in the near future. But it is still being held together by packing tape.
Over 50 Hoboken residents died on 9/11, and the best we can do is a scratched-up monument held together by crappy packing tape? This is really an embarrassment.
Literally all the monument needs is a cap at the top that holds the 4 pieces together. This could easily be made by a competent welder or metalsmith, or it could easily be made out of some type of other material and epoxied into place. Regardless, this is a very minor repair that, at least to me, would mean a lot.
The fact that the memorial is being held together by packing tape not only reflects badly on Hoboken, but is disrespectful to the memory of the people that did perish that day.
I know that there was some plan for a memorial “island” off Pier A, but in the meantime, it would probably take less than $100 to get the packing tape off the memorial, replace it with a decent cap and buff the scratches out of the glass.
If you take a look around the rest of the state, there are some very well-done monuments to those that perished on 9/11. One incredibly touching one is in Brick, NJ.
Regardless of what anyone thinks of 9/11, the political context of it all, etc., none of the Hoboken residents who perished that day “deserved” to die. What they do deserve, however, is a memorial that is dignified and does not sink to the level of an embarrassment. ”
Fix the 9/11 memorial!
A reader sent in her observation of how the 9/11 teardrop is damaged. I stopped by yesterday, and it certainly is wobbly and broken.
“Hi, Hoboken 411:
This morning the pooch and I were down at Pier A, glorying in the river and the smell of non-artificial turf. We headed over to the “teardrop” that lists the names of those Hobokenites lost on 9/11… when I noticed that there appears to be a clump of tape, or bandages, or something, twisted around the top. Is the point of the teardrop busted? Is some adhesive giving way? Regardless, given that the 6th anniversary is coming up, maybe it’s a good time to, you know, fix it.”