Memorial sparks vigil plans by kin of 9/11 victim
NEW YORK (AP) -- The sister of a firefighter killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks said Wednesday she would sleep across from ground zero indefinitely to protest plans for the World Trade Center memorial.
"I will be here every night from this night forward until the underground memorial issue is resolved," Rosaleen Tallon said.
Construction on the "Reflecting Absence" memorial is scheduled to begin within weeks. Families have said the design dishonors the dead and is not safe for visitors because the memorial would be partially underground.
Tallon, whose brother, Sean, was killed at the trade center, and about a dozen other Sept. 11 family members asked the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to change its plans.
Last week, the families received a letter from LMDC President Stefan Pryor stating that construction would proceed as scheduled.
Pryor said the agency had responded to other family requests for design changes and made its final choices "in good faith."
The Rev. Bill Minson, a former ground zero chaplain, said he would remain at the site 24 hours a day until there's a change in the memorial plans. Tallon said she would sleep every night across from the site in front of her brother's firehouse.
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