Flight 93 Family Opposes Islamic Hijacker Memorial
Flight 93 hero’s family wants their son’s name removed from the planned Islamic Hijacker Memorial.
Thomas E. Burnett, Jr., 38, Senior vice president and chief operating officer of Thoratec Corp., a medical research and development company, and the father of three. He made four calls to his wife, Deena, from the plane. Deena Burnett said that her husband told her that one passenger had been stabbed and that “a group of us are going to do something.”
PITTSBURGH – The father of a man killed when hijacked Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, wants his son’s name withheld from a victims memorial because of renewed concerns that its design is centered around Islamic symbolism.
Tom Burnett Sr. served on a jury that picked the winning design, originally named “Crescent of Embrace,” and said the request was “something I’d rather not do, but I can’t get anyone to listen.”
Burnett’s son, Thomas E. Burnett Jr., 38, died along with 39 other passengers and crew when Flight 93 was hijacked and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., while flying to San Francisco from Newark, N.J. An investigation concluded the hijackers crashed when passengers rushed the cockpit and tried to regain control of the aircraft.
…Burnett, of Northfield, Minn., said he is looking for is a “thorough, honest investigation” of the design and the elements discussed by Alec Rawls, a conservative blogger from Palo Alto, Calif. Burnett said many of his concerns were based on Rawls’ theories.
Left image: a traditional Islamic sundial. The shadow is just reaching the outer curved vertical, indicating time for Islamic afternoon prayers. Right image, the Tower of Voices from the planned Flight 93 Memorial. Shadow calculations confirm that, on any day of the year, when the shadow of the crescent shaped tower reaches the inner arc of trees, it will be time for Islamic afternoon prayers.
** Alec Rawls at Error Theory again has the latest news on the planned memorial to honor the Flight 93 heroes and hijackers.