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

911-memorial-brick-nj.jpg“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.

8/24/2007:

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.”

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37 Comments on "Reader Mail: 9/11 memorial"


plaintruthiness
Member
plaintruthiness
8 years 2 months ago

[quote comment=”94565″]As I already stated, I’ve already donated to the Hoboken 9/11 memorial fund, and my $600 a month in property taxes further “donates” to Hoboken fixing it.[/quote]
That tool & dye company, United Textile Fabricators, probably could help fix that monument with an appropriate donation of a ton of quarters.

matt_72
Member
8 years 2 months ago

[quote comment=”94549″][quote comment=”94417″]All of those people do give a f*ck about that monument because it commemorates their dead.[/quote]

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The 9/11 Memorial, and all memorials, should be properly maintained. It is embarrassing that a city (of wealth) intentionally enables this memorial to waste away.[/quote]

It is an embarrasment how the city lets everything fall apart. Look at the roads, look at the wall that collapsed along the waterfront, look at the flooding problems, look at the sidewalks, etc…. The city spends so much on its bloated payroll that they don’t have the resources to cover everyday maintenance expenses. I am not at all suprised by how this monument has been neglected and I fully expect the WWII monument to be similarly neglected. The mayor just doesn’t care b/c he has already appeared for his “ribbon cutting ceremony”.

homeworld
Member
8 years 2 months ago

As I already stated, I’ve already donated to the Hoboken 9/11 memorial fund, and my $600 a month in property taxes further “donates” to Hoboken fixing it.

MidnightRacer
Member
8 years 2 months ago

caution

memorial vs idolatry

there’s a difference

MidnightRacer
Member
8 years 2 months ago
[quote comment=”94417″]All of those people do give a f*ck about that monument because it commemorates their dead.[/quote] While I prefer to see proper respect of a memorial, I’d caution against a misallocation of feelings. Instead of placing your feelings on a monument, wouldn’t it be better spent remembering the actual person? The 9/11 Memorial, and all memorials, should be properly maintained. It is embarrassing that a city (of wealth) intentionally enables this memorial to waste away. But remember, the monument does not represent the memories by the loved ones of those who were lost. The memorial is the city’s contribution to create a public space where visitor’s can go to see the city’s official recording of an event (of which residents who passed lived in this city). There are numerous 9/11 Memorials across the U.S., far away from where it happened. Those monuments are those cities recordings for public memory of what happened in this country. But those monuments are not a personal recording. Those who were lost are recorded in their family’s memories, albums, and contributions in life. The city’s monument could never record that. But what a city’s monument records is the city’s honoring of those lost. So when a city intentionally allows a memorial to go to waste, it isn’t disrespecting those who were lost, that’s impossible. Instead, the city is dishonoring it’s sincerity of placing the memorial there in the first place. And, btw, a monument does not commemorate the ‘dead’ as you say. Rather, it… Read more »
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