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Michael Burke: Statue independence

Statue independence

To The Editor:
When it was announced that the Statue of Liberty would be reopened this July 4th, Sen. Schumer said it was the perfect day to reopen this symbol of America’s freedom and New York’s resiliency.

And the Battery Park Conservancy has just announced its wonderful plans for Battery Park. None include the Sphere. This is understandable since it was always the plan — both official and by popular fiat — from early ’02 on to return the Sphere to the 9/11 memorial at the WTC.

So let’s make it a double celebration. July 4th would also be the perfect day to bring home to the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center that other symbol of America’s freedom and New York’s resiliency: the iconic WTC Sphere.

Nothing is preventing that but the intransigence of the Memorial Foundation, which gives not a hoot about the Sphere, but evidently also cares nothing for Battery Park, the conservancy plans and what Downtown residents need and want.
Michael Burke
Michael Burke is the brother of Captain William F. Burke, Jr., a firefighter with Engine Company 21 who was killed in the September 11 attacks.


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  2. ML Donovan says:

    Michael Burke is a devoted and eloquent champion of putting the Sphere back where it belongs and we all owe him our gratitude and support. He understands how important it is that the memorial be as authentic as possible. Banishing such a triumphant symbol of 9/11 — and its eternal flame — when both common sense and common decency would put it on the Memorial plaza is a detestable abuse of power on the part of the Bloomberg machine. Correcting this injustice on July Fourth or the 12th anniversary of 9/11 would be a fitting reminder of how great this country really is.