Michael Burke’s voice still cracks when he talks about how his older brother Billy, a firefighter in Manhattan, was helping two people in the World Trade Center when the towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001.
His tone darkens when he talks about the refusal of organizers overseeing the 9/11 memorial and museum to include a large spherical sculpture that survived the attacks and currently sits just south in Battery Park.
“They say the sphere is reminding us directly of the attacks,” he said. “That kind of ignores the sphere’s existence. It’s absurd. Barring it from the site is a betrayal.”
Burke received a high-profile endorsement Thursday when Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, agreed that the sphere should be part of the trade center memorial. Foye spoke after Burke delivered a short statement during the public comment segment of the authority’s monthly board meeting.
“The point that Mr. Burke made resonates with many people in New York and New Jersey and many people here at the Port Authority, especially given the fact that 84 members of the Port Authority family were killed on 9/11,” Foye said. “This is an artifact that survived and was affected by the horrors of 9/11, and placing it on the memorial plaza, we think, is entirely appropriate.”
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