"We Have A Right To Heal"
Monica Iken, founder of September's Mission
"I lost my husband Michael in Tower Two. I am just here to say that I just want everyone to realize that I am thankful to be part of the advisory committee for the LMDC and Port Authority. I am happy to see that we are having constructive dialogue with residents, and with the families, I wish there were more families to speak on behalf of our loved ones. For me it is an issue of just reflecting and realizing the memorial needs to come first. Whatever takes place - we understand that we need to rebuild at some point - should reflect the memorial so that we can be allowed to heal. We have a right to heal.
I need to know that I can visit that site in the future and have a sense of peace and reflection on my husband's last day on Earth. And unfortunately he has not been recovered, 2,000 of us families will probably never have remains given back. So that to us is sacred, hallowed space, it is our cemetery for the future.
We know you need to rebuild, we understand that, but you also need to understand we need time to heal.
One hundred years from now, I want to know, when I'm not on this planet any more, that we have honored the lives that were lost in such a horrific way. They didn't get up and say I want to go to war, they went to work. We need to think about that for the future."
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