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Flight 93 Memorial Uses Islam Crescent Symbol?

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The design is actually called the “Crescent of Embrace”.

Umm…do they realize that this is THE symbol of Islam?

From the story:

Four years after United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a reclaimed strip mine near Shanksville, Somerset County, on Sept. 11, 2001, the design that will serve as the national memorial was unveiled here yesterday in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hall of Flags.

“Crescent of Embrace” will feature a Tower of Voices, containing 40 wind chimes — one for each passenger and crew member who died — and two stands of red maple trees that will line a walkway caressing the natural bowl shape of the land. Forty separate groves of red and sugar maples will be planted behind the crescent, and a black slate wall will mark the edge of the crash site, where the remains of those who died now rest.

I’m sorry, but how could they NOT realize this? Sure, most don’t look at it from the aerial view, but given that this tragedy happened on a plane, it makes it all the more ironic.

But in the end, the families of the victims seem to like it and that should probably be the most important judges of what’s appropriate.

As the black cloak that had hidden the winner was removed, a collective gasp came from those gathered, who then rose to their feet to applaud.

In the front row, three family members –a woman who lost her mother, a woman who lost her husband and a woman who lost her brother — leaned into each other, in a show of love and support.

“It’s powerful but understated,” said Kiki Homer, whose brother, LeRoy W. Homer Jr., was co-pilot on the plane that crashed after passengers rebelled against terrorist hijackers. “It’s beautifully simple.

“My breath is taken away.”

Esther Heymann, whose daughter, Elizabeth Wainio, died in the crash, agreed.

“The understatement speaks to the profoundness of what occurred here,” she said.

(HT: Bloggledygook)