Rep. Michael Grimm Launches Petition to Save the 9/11 Memorial Cross
Today, Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R-NY) will launch an online petition to make the 9/11 Memorial Cross a national monument, after the artifact came under attack by the American Atheists group. Supporters of the cross from around the country can sign the petition to save the cross at www.save911cross.com.
“This cross was a symbol of hope and freedom at a time when America was coping with loss and destruction in the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil,” said Grimm. “I find it reprehensible that the this group would threaten the cross's permanent home in the 9/11 Memorial Museum where it will continue to be a source of inspiration to all who visit. I urge Americans throughout the U.S. to stand with me in fighting to preserve the 9/11 cross by signing the petition. Together we can send a message to the American Atheists that their attacks on the cross will not be tolerated."
The 9/11 Memorial Cross has long been seen as a symbol of hope and comfort in the aftermath of 9/11. The perfectly intact cross beam, believed to have come from One World Trade Center, was discovered during search and recovery efforts. Shortly after 9/11, the 17-foot-tall cross was erected on a pedestal near St. Peter’s Church where it served as a memorial and tourist attraction. The 9/11 Cross was relocated to its permanent setting inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum at the WTC site on July 23, 2011.
On July 27, 2011, the group filed a lawsuit against its inclusion in the museum claiming it promotes Christianity over all other religions on public property and diminishes the civil rights of non-Christians. The exhibit will also include a Star of David cut from WTC steel and a Bible fused to a piece of steel that was found during recovery efforts. The cross, however, was the only symbol singled out by the American Atheists.
Earlier this month, Rep. Grimm introduced legislation to make the 9/11 Memorial Cross a national monument. This petition is part of his ongoing fight to preserve the cross.
To sign the petition, visit: www.save911cross.com.