"Ground Zero Cross" Petition
TO: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10006
WE, the undersigned, hereby petition the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency overseeing the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, to insure that the "Ground Zero Cross" should remain as part of any future memorial to the victims of the attack on the WTC on September 11th, 2001.
The "Ground Zero Cross" was the large steel cross found in the rubble of the World Trade Center by a construction worker, who came across it in the midst of the WTC wreckage just a few days after the attacks. It was standing straight, 20-feet high, surrounded by many smaller crosses. The cross at Ground Zero was not simply the cross beams remaining from an existing building. It was formed out of beams from Building One plunging, splitting and crashing into Building Six.
After it was discovered, construction workers, firefighters, police officers and family members began holding weekly Sunday services at the site. The names of fallen police officers and firefighters were also scribbled on the cross, along with the message "God Bless Our Fallen Brothers".
The press has reported that a group of atheists is threatening a lawsuit to prevent the cross from becoming part of any permanent memorial. Please, do not let them prevail. Please insure that the "Ground Zero Cross" should remain as part of any future memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attack. Thank you.