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No Room for Ego


Julie Boryczewski

My 29-year-old little brother Martin Boryczewski was an institutional sales trader at Cantor Fitzgerald on the fateful morning of September 11 2001. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the memorial jury panel members for their time and consideration this evening, as well as commend the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for their efforts to date.

As you begin to fulfill the historic responsibility accepted by each of you regarding the World Trade Center site memorial, I speak this evening to you on behalf of my brother, and my family, as well as the many other families born of this horror. I ask each of you to embrace the memorial mission statement and program, which was written with great care, heart and consideration by the families advisory council as you will now evaluate the design submissions.

This program captures all that is significant to the thousands of surviving family members for their lost loved ones' final resting place.

I would also like to offer the following thoughts for your consideration. I encourage an unprecedented design for an unprecedented event. The competition is open to many possibilities by so many creative, beautiful, talented minds that something spectacular is possible. Whatever the final design is, please ensure that the truth of the day is told, honestly and equally... This must be portrayed accurately. Once separations are made, integrity is lost within the whole.

The design should take away the breath of any and all who visit it. It must impress upon their hearts and souls and minds deeply and permanently the events and the loss of the day.

Remember the sacredness of the site and the symbolism of the event, and respect it appropriately, an attack on America and freedom.

I would like to wish each of you well while you embark on this monumental task. I ask that you allow your hearts and souls to guide you, to ease your task, keep in mind: There is only room for truth at this site. There is no room for ego.

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