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Crescent of Embrace, Crescent of betrayal

Is postponed again dedication of Flight 93 memorial cursed?

By Judi McLeod

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Whatever happened to the controversial memorial commemorating the 9/11 heroes of Flight 93?

"The Flight 93 Memorial Committee plans to finalize the selection of this profoundly disrespectful and mocking `tribute' on July 28th," says noted blogger Alec Rawls, author of the upcoming Crescent of Betrayal: Dishonoring the Heroes of Flight 93. "They must be stopped."

Long before the blockbuster movie, Flight 93 was known as the "flight that fought back."

"…I don't think we're going to get out of this thing. I'm going to have to go out on faith," were the immortal words of Todd Beamer, passenger and Wheaton College graduate, who said "Let's roll" as he led the charge against the terrorists who had hijacked Flight 93." ( www.snopes.com).

Todd Beamer Indeed, Beamers exact words from the recovered cockpit voice recorder were, "Are you guys ready? Let's roll."

"After passengers were herded to the back of the jet, Beamer called the GTE Customer Center in Oakbrook, Illinois. He told supervisor Lisa Jefferson about the hijacking. The passengers were planning to jump the terrorists, he said."

And then, Beamer, who spent his days on earth as an evangelical believer, asked Jefferson to pray with him.

Beamer, who kept the faith even in the horror of Flight 93, will, along with his fellow passengers and crew, be commemorated with what Rawls calls an "outdoor mosque".

In Crescent of Betrayal, Rawls breaks down each aspect of the Flight 93 memorial design and shows in damning detail how the main elements of the `Crescent of Embrace', to be approved this coming Saturday, is in essence, "a typical mosque feature built on an epic scale".

"It was bloggers, not the mainstream media, who two years ago pointed out that in this design, the field where Flight 93 came to rest would be partially surrounded by red trees exactly forming an Islamic crescent.

"The resulting outrage forced the minor addition of a few small trees, but it's still a huge crescent, and a person looking directly into that crescent is facing Mecca."

"Such a crescent, called a "mihrab", is the central feature around which every mosque is built."

If that's not gut wrenching enough for the American patriot, seemingly politically correct thinking throws the heroes of Flight 93 in with the terrorists who robbed them of their lives. There were 40 passengers and crew on Flight 93--but 44 commemorative glass blocks are placed along the flight path.

Could committee members, who describe the memorial in a newsletter as a "space for reflection, learning, social interaction and healing" be paying tribute to the murderers of the heroes of Flight 93, or did they just have trouble doing the math?

For some, they can use all of the politically correct descriptions available but a mosque is a mosque.

The crescent has been designed to be seen for miles from the air. One of its features, the minaret-like "Tower of Voices" is a gigantic Islamic prayer-time sundial.

The monument projects seem to be cursed in terms of time deadlines.

Union City Monument

Pushed back by a myriad of delays, the ceremony for the unveiling of the Crescent of Embrace has yet to be announced.

According to www.sandiego.com, "The project at Sugar Mill Landing Park in Union City should be finished by late August, but the city doesn't want to set a new dedication date until it's completed."

The monument to those on board the fateful Newark-San Francisco flight had originally scheduled for dedication on May 26 before it was pushed back to June 21.

Now they're saying the ceremony won't happen at least until September due to delays in construction, along with difficulties coordinating the volunteer labor force and finding space for all the donors' names.

"The postponement will likely prevent many of the donors and victims' relatives from attending the dedication because they had already booked flights and scheduled time off for the previous dates," said Michael Emerson who spearheaded the project.

"It's a hardship for everyone involved because of the city constantly pushing back the date," he said

Meanwhile, no matter when they gather for the dedication ceremony, none of their words will wash. That's because the now immortal hero known to the free world as Todd Beamer, already said the words that matter most.

Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]

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