Don’t give in to fear, free Lady Liberty
While we vividly remember the destruction at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the destruction in a Pennsylvania field, many have forgotten another landmark casualty on September 11 that was not even a target of terrorism. However, it nonetheless became a target of terrorism: the Statue of Liberty.
After September 11, the statue was closed due to the lack of escape options. Now only the base is open to the public. This is a complete and utter outrage. If we can send men to the moon and build a McDonald’s in two weeks, why can’t we fix Lady Liberty so it can be open to the public again? How about even going all the way to the torch, which has been closed since before World War I?
This was a landmark that terrorists did not even think of using on September 11 yet it became the biggest target that horrible day. It was the only target where we let terrorism win: where we stopped our way of life and yielded to such evil. As much as nobody wants to hear it; if another plane hits a building, those above where it hit will most likely not survive. Yet we did not shut down every other building in the U.S., only one poor old lady.
I will never willingly go to the island where Lady Liberty stands until she has been liberated and open to the public once again. I will not make a trip there just to go into some meaningless structural base.
I hope people can help get this message out for the poor lady who has been forgotten since September 11. I never have forgotten when those towers fell; when the Pentagon was hit; and when those heroes on Flight 93 saved many lives. At the same time, I will not forgot what has happened to Lady Liberty on that day either. Michael B Daley Harrisburg, Pennsylvania