Lack of respect at ground zero

  1. For the folks who live in/near NYC...what is your opinion of the crowds of folks coming from all over the world to view or pay respects at ground zero? I saw an interview with an editor from NY Times on Imus this am, criticizing the crowds saying they exhibit gross disrespect to the dead.

    I went to the viewing area in mid December with my sister and son and all I saw was a very quiet, somber crowd. Most just there to pay their respects., give gifts and hugs to the firefighters and cops, pray, write their feelings on the walls of momentos and view the worldwide responses exhibited on these walls. How is this disrespect?

    How would the firefighters and officers feel if noone came?

    Maybe the the mood of the crowd has changed since the platforms were erected?

    Just wondering what you guys thought...
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    Hmmm interesting Furball.

    I haven't heard anything about this, but would HOPE that people who do visit Ground Zero would display the utmost reverence when visiting the site. The mood could have changed and there could be individuals taking photos and otherwise acting like it is a tourist attraction; if so then that would annoy me.
  4. by   Furball

    Low Graphics Monday, 31 December, 2001, 17:36 GMT
    Ground Zero put on public view

    Tributes were left on the railing of the viewing platform

    The ruins of New York's World Trade Center are on full view to the public for the first time from a new viewing platform.
    The site where more than 3,000 people died in the suicide attacks of 11 September has drawn huge crowds, with onlookers straining to get a glimpse from street level through fences and barriers.

    Rudolph Giuliani believes the platform will help visitors

    "I really urge Americans to come here and say a little prayer and reflect on the whole history of America," said city Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, while standing on the 13ft-high (3.9m) viewing platform in Lower Manhattan.

    The platform can hold 400 people at a time and three others are planned.

    Mr Giuliani said there were some concerns that the platform would help turn the site into a tourist attraction, but he thought most people would be respectful.

    "People from all over the world want to come here, for the most appropriate of reasons," he said.

    "It would be like denying people access to Gettysburg or Bunker Hill or Normandy."

    Site almost cleared

    Mr Giuliani left a message to rescuers on the platform railing which read: "We will always remember what you did here - you our heroes - to save America. God bless you."

    From the platform visitors can see the immense area, now almost entirely cleared.

    Each person has only a few minutes - enough for a photograph or some silent meditation - before being asked to move on.

    Paulette Canuso, 52, who travelled to the site from Philadelphia, said: "It is more of a religious experience than a tourism one. I felt like making a pilgrimage."

    I felt the same as Paulette when I went. I think most folks are very respectful at ground zero. Furball
  5. by   semstr
    Hi to you all,

    i just have to answer to this post, although I keep out of most of these war "discussions".

    I know of a lot of people from Austria, Germany and Holland who visited New York in the last weeks, they all went to ground zero to pay respect, NOT to "gaff" around and get their adrenalin up.
    Most of them just couldn't imagine how big and how great the damages were, cause they never had been to New York before.
    (When you live in a town where the highest building is 20 floors, it is hard to imagine, and in tv, you just can't see this huge area the way it really is)

    So, yes I am sure there will be others too, but most people who go there will be deeply touched, even when they didn't "plan" it.

    A friend of ours, a "tough" guy, a policeman in amsterdam, told me, he went along, because his wife wanted to see ground zero, and he said ok. He ended sitting on the sidewalk and just couldn't believe what he saw. A NY-police officer talked with him for over an hour, about the job done and the job to come and after that he(our friend) could connect again.
    We were on the phone for a long time (oh these bills) and he was still very "impressed" (that is the wrong word for it, but no oher comes to my mind)

    Take care, Renee

    ps: since 9/11 my phonebills are astronomical!! I phone home (Holland) and to friends so much more then I used to.
    I guess that was a lesson for me: connect whenever possible, you never know!!
  6. by   donmurray
    UK TV news item yesterday mentioned the platform, and plans for two more, also that it had been hoped that local businesses may get a lift from the "passing trade" as people came to "view". Said what seems to be happening is that souvenir sellers have taken over, doing great trade in postcards of the towers falling, and suchlike, all very tacky.
  7. by   3651bht
    Capitalism Could that be one of the reasons "They hate us so much?''''''''''

  8. by   Furball
    I read somewhere recently that someone was planning on selling "Bin Laden" brand clothing. Ug. Guess there's gross forms of capitalism in every culture. Darn, can't remember what country this clothing line would originate from but I think it was muslim.
  9. by   Q.
    Oh yes - capitalism and free enterprise. Da root of all evil.

  10. by   Furball
    Agree Suzy

    Though capitalism has its sure has made a wealthy country eh? I wouldn't want to live any other place than USA even if I had the means to move anywhere on the planet.

    Non-capitalist countries sure were successful.....USSR comes to mind Waiting for hours for a roll of toilet paper sure sounds like fun.
  11. by   Q.
    At least while waiting for the toilet paper, we would be peaceful!

  12. by   Furball
    I dunno Susy (spelled it right this time)

    There might be riots over the few rolls of TP.......
  13. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by Susy K
    At least while waiting for the toilet paper, we would be peaceful!

    roflmao!!!!!!! Sounds like a big pile of "peaceful feces" to me :P