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June 15, 2007




All of us at VOICES will be thinking of you and your family as we observe Father’s Day this Sunday. We recognize that the holiday may be another difficult day for those who suffered a loss on September 11th. We join you in remembering and honoring the men who played such an important role in shaping the lives of our children and families. I’d like to share this poem in memory of those Fathers who mean so much to us -


When I was young, you helped me grow.

And taught me all I had to know

Of love and trust and faith and hope,

And everything it takes to cope.

You may have thought I didn’t hear,

Or maybe that you weren’t quite clear;

But all the things you taught to me

Were heeded very carefully,

And now I want to thank you for

Your love, your care, and so much more.


Warm Regards,


Mary Fetchet

Founding Director

9/11 Living Memorial Feature


1993 WTC Bombing Victims Remembered


The 9/11 Living Memorial believes remembering the events of February 26, 1993 is vitally important. Our 1993 WTC Bombing pages have biographical listings of the six people who perished in the attack, as well as a temporary memorial that has been erected in place of the memorial destroyed on 9/11. 4 of the 6 victims, Robert W. Kirkpatrick, Stephen A. Knapp (below, atop the WTC), William J. Macko, and Monica Rodriguez Smith (left), are remembered in Family Tribute pages.



We are actively seeking family members of John DiGiovanni and Wilfredo Mercado, to assist them with building a page. Also, if you have a survivor's story from 1993, please contact us. Click here to visit the 9/11 Living Memorial 1993 WTC Bombing section.






Remembering September 11th: One Stamp at a Time


After reading the book Six Million Paper Clips by Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, fifth grade students Lucas and Erica of Radnor (PA) Elementary School decided it was time for them to make a difference – one stamp at a time. The result is “Remembering September 11th,” an impressive collection of 2,973 stamps - representing each of the victims - arranged in two columns symbolic of the Twin Towers. The stamps were donated by individuals from around the world, a point that Lucas and Erica feel is important to emphasize the diversity of those who were killed.


“Remembering September 11th” will be on display at the Tribute Center in New York as part of a children’s art exhibit from July through October 2007.


For a slideshow of “Remembering September 11th” and other artwork, visit the Comfort Corner section of the VOICES for Kids website. If you would like to contribute your artwork, stories, or other content to the VOICES for Kids website, please contact us.




WTC Health Update:


Former EPA Head Whitman Will Face Panel on WTC Air

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman has agreed to testify before a House panel investigating the EPA's response to air conditions at the WTC site on June 25. The hearing, entitled "Substantive Due Process Violations Arising from the Environmental Protection Agency's Handling of Air Quality Issues Following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001," will be held by a Judiciary subcommittee chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (left), a longstanding advocate for WTC health issues whose district includes the WTC site. Click to read more on the hearing and WTC health issues.


Mayor Appoints 9/11 Health Czar
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has tapped veteran publicist Jeffrey Hon as his pointman on World Trade Center illnesses - "the go-to person in city government for people who have issues related to health care," Hon confirmed to the NY Daily News yesterday. "I want to do a lot of listening. I want to take a lot of concerns back to the city," said Hon, 53, a former spokesman for the American Red Cross September 11 Recovery Program. "I want to get answers for people..." Read more in NY Daily News coverage.


$50 Million More for WTC Health
$50 million for 9/11 health care and medical monitoring has been appropriated in the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill for FY 2008. The funding announced today would supplement the $50 million for 9/11 health included in an emergency spending bill approved by Congress last month. The "Labor HHS" appropriations measure is expected to be considered by the full House in the next two weeks. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Vito Fossella (R-NY) issued a statement applauding the appropriation.


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