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Legislature approves Sept. 11 monument changes

Lorena Luna, of Phoenix, reads the messages at the Sept. 11 Memorial near the Arizona Capitol Monday, March 28, 2011, in Phoenix.  More panels with controversial messages would be removed from Arizona's Sept. 11 memorial under new legislation proposed for consideration by state lawmakers. Some of the 5-year-old memorial's inscriptions have been criticized as unpatriotic or antimilitary. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Lorena Luna, of Phoenix, reads the messages at the Sept. 11 Memorial near the Arizona Capitol Monday, March 28, 2011, in Phoenix. More panels with controversial messages would be removed from Arizona's Sept. 11 memorial under new legislation proposed for consideration by state lawmakers. Some of the 5-year-old memorial's inscriptions have been criticized as unpatriotic or antimilitary. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Some inscription panels would have to be removed from Arizona’s Sept. 11 memorial under a bill approved by the Legislature.

Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills is the legislation’s sponsor.

He says it’s intended to remove inscriptions that are offensive or detract from the memorial’s intended purpose of honoring those killed and injured in the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York.

The 11 inscriptions that would be removed include ones that say “Foreign-born Americans afraid,” ”Must bomb back” and “You don’t win battles of terrorism with more battles.”

The state commission that raised private funding for the memorial and chose its design replaced two other inscriptions several years ago in response to criticism.

The House approved the bill early Wednesday morning. It now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer.

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3 comments

  1. “He says it’s intended to remove inscriptions that are offensive…” I find Kavanagh’s actions offensive, voters should remove him rather than change the monument.

  2. Concept, Development, Execution are the three basic phases of creating public art.
    At any stage a lack of diligence will produce a less than satisfactory result.

    If one wishes to argue that this particular exercise in creativity is altogether satisfactory, then one is faced with accepting the premise that it was the idea of the artist that a memorial to 9/11 should be a source of continuing conflict, rather than a respectful remembrance of those whose lives were taken.

    Only the artists could attest to the formative idea of this work. If they don’t agree with the above it would be illuminating to hear how they believed a collection of factual statements and conflicting sentiments would meld into an experience of consolation or redemption.

  3. Many inscriptions are false and have political overtones and have nothing to do with memorializing those who lost lives. This was Janet Napolitano’s memorial. 70% of those polled thought it needed to be changed and was offensive. Thomas…. John was just re-elected and rightly so.
    Members of the Memorial had their own agenda put onto this Memorial.
    Do you think a 9-11 memorial should tell lies about our military and quote Bin Laden …well this thing did.

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