Bratton says another NYC terrorist attack is inevitable  

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton told a radio reporter that it’s not a question of “if” but “when” there will be another terrorist attack on New York City, but the city is prepared for that day, writes Diane C. Lore in the Staten Island Advance.

Bratton spoke Sunday on The Cats’ Roundtable on WNYM/970 AM.

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New Liberty Park set to open next week

Liberty Park, a new elevated park peppered with shade trees and benches overlooking the September 11th Memorial will open next week. Ultimately, Liberty Park will become the grounds of the new St. Nicholas National Shrine writes Maria Alvarez in Newsday.

The park is owned by the Port Authority, and sits atop the Vehicle Security Center on Liberty Street.

St. Nicholas National Shrine will replace St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.The marble shrine should be completed in early 2018.

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A letter to the Orlando families from a September 11th widow

Today, I attended “Camp Widow” in San Diego, a place where people know loss. In memory of your loved ones, we were each given a stone bearing the word “hope,” a symbolic token meant to ground us, remind us of the love we once shared, to remember you in your grief and your loved ones. One of the slogans of this camp is “Hope Matters,” and I can think of no better message to impart to you in these dark days of your grief.

To each of you, I offer my rock of hope to hang onto, to ground you in the dark days ahead, to remind you that you are not alone.

I can tell you that it gets easier. The pain of grief never leaves, but it gets easier to breathe, to smile, to laugh.

You have the option to choose one of two paths in your journey of grief: you can choose to shut down, curl up in a ball, be angry, bitter, lash out. And you will do all of these things. But then you will get tired. So tired. It is exhausting to hold onto a ball of fire and eventually you will need to let go before it burns too badly. The other path is to find meaning in your grief, to release that burning ball you hold as you begin to see a little light breaking through the cracks in the darkness.

There is something different about this shooting, sadly, another among many, but Orlando is different. Can you feel it too? This country is tired of the shootings, the guns, the violence, the bullying, the terror. Enough is enough. The crack is getting wider and you, families, and me, and all the other families of innocent victims of terror around the world are poised to usher in the shift.

Your power lies in your ability to forge ahead in life, to make your loved one’s death and your own life meaningful, to teach others how to turn tragedy into love and joy, to help others through their own tragedies, to love again.

There is life after unimaginable loss, and I just want to shine a little of that light in your direction, so that you can find your way out.

With all my love,

Abby

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