Monday, August 01, 2005

9/11 Memorial in Trinidad

The war museum (it has a longer official name) near Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago has a memorial to its 13 citizens who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The memorial is a simple and powerful reminder of who died and how. The memorial shows the front pages of a few newspapers from 9/12/2001, with their pictures showing the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, and has a plaque with the 13 names. The memorial reminds visitors of the horror of that day.

The 9/11 memorial in Trinidad's war museum is an exemplary model for the 9/11 memorial committee in New York. Keep it simple, remember those who died, and focus on what happened on 9/11/2001.

The New York committee seems to have become sidetracked on irrelevant political issues and has lost focus on the true purpose of the memorial. Perhaps the committee members should visit the Trinidad war museum to regain focus and a proper perspective.

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