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on Warren County’s Washington Township 9/11 memorial only the names of the mayor, committee members and the township administrator are on the granite marker — not the victims of the terror attacks.
“When I saw was written on the stone I got really, really angry,” former police officer and bagpipe player Dennis Ryan said. “Three thousand people lost their lives and they’re going to get their names memorialized in granite? It’s unconscionable. I couldn’t believe it.”
“What do the politicians have to do with it? It’s the people who perished, their families who are suffering,” resident John Zarra said.
It’s unclear who ordered the stone marker. Some committee members said they didn’t know their names would be on it. The only thing the mayor told Sloan (the reporter) is that he didn’t realize the names would be so big and prominent.
Originally posted by Maluhia
I don't know if they're incompetent, insensitive or just run of the mill soulless, self serving politicians.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — As 9/11 services went, it was similar to dozens of others across New Jersey. A small crowd gathered. A proclamation was read. Bagpipes played "Amazing Grace" and "Going Home." People filed past the granite monument. And that was pretty much it.
Then came Tuesday.
The first to notice the engraving on the stone, placed next to a piece of World Trade Center steel in this Warren County community, was a bagpipe player at Sunday's event, who fired off an angry letter read on Jersey talk-radio station 101.5-FM, which promptly flew into outrage.
Instead of noting the thousands of victims who died or the significance of Sept. 11, 2001, the stone listed the names of the Washington Township mayor, deputy mayor, committee members and township administrator.
Within a day, this small, middle-class town found itself confronting a media storm. By Wednesday afternoon, the mayor apologized and the stone was removed.
"I am truly sorry if we have offended anyone," Mayor Samir Elbassiouny said in a statement. Elbassiouny added he took full responsibility.
Dennis Ryan, the bagpiper, said he almost didn't go to Sunday's event after he saw the inscription that morning. But he stayed to honor the victims and their families.
"I got really angry when I saw these six politicians decided to immortalize their names on something that should pay tribute to the 3,000 innocent victims of the attacks," he said.
Others were also uncomfortable about it, including members of the township committee who said they didn’t know their names would be engraved.
"I didn't want to disrupt the festivities," Committeeman Robert Finke said. "What am I going to do? Make an issue out of it?"
Township Administrator Peter H. deBoer Jr. said the town has received many calls about the marker.
"I've heard some people don’t think it’s that big of an issue, and yet some people are upset by it," he said.
Click link for rest of article and appology from the Mayor. The memorial has since been removed.