Relatives of 9/11 Victims Rip Colonial Williamsburg for Exploiting Tragedy in Super Bowl Ad

Ryan Sit writes in the February 9, 2016 edition of the NY Daily News about some September 11th families’ reactions to the Super Bowl ad for Colonial Williamsburg. The commercial showed images of the collapsing the World Trade Center. The ad was a regional spot that aired only in the New York/Washington, D.C/Pennsylvania area — ironically, the areas most affected by the attacks.

Kevin Crossett, a spokesman for Colonial Williamsburg, dismissed complaints with the statement, “We understand and respect that some of the images depicted in the ad may be jarring to some, but the outpouring of support on social media sends a powerful message that the past must be remembered if we are to succeed as a Nation”.

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Bill to designate 9/11 site as national memorial to be considered in Congress

A proposed Congressional bill to designate the 9/11 Memorial a national memorial and authorizing funds for its operations and security was passed out of committee and could be voted on by the House of Representatives next week, writes Rose Krebs in the Burlington County Times on February 3, 2016

The bill was introduced by Congressman Tom MacArthur and has 73 co-sponsors.

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9/11, military widows help each other heal at a Jacksonville Beach retreat

Our friends at Tuesday’s Children sponsored a three-day retreat on a Florida beach for widows of US military personnel and September 11th widows. The program, Project Heart to Heart, started last year.

Andrea Garbarini, who lost her husband, FDNY Lt. Charley Garbarini in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, said, “I felt like I needed to be around some other women who had lost their spouses. I knew I could help.”

Beth Reese Cravey of the Florida Times Union wrote about the group on February 3, 2016.

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