no more soggy teddy bears

Enough is sometimes more than enough. The keepers of St. Paul's Chapel across the street from the World Trade Center site say that they don't know what to do about the improvised shrine visitors have made of the fence surrounding the beautiful historical landmark and generous community ministry.

I had assumed that the first anniversary of the destruction it witnessed would be the signal for reclaiming whatever normalcy can now be sustained downtown, but the gentle parish says it still waits for a consensus from the community, apparently the world community, on what to do.
Leave it to a New Yorker to put it into perspective.

To the Editor:

Re "How to Say `Enough,' Gracefully; Trinity Church Ponders Future of a Sept. 11 Memorial" (news article, Oct. 11):

St. Paul's Chapel near ground zero needs to serve the community. If people want to honor the dead, a rain-soaked teddy bear is an ill-fitting memorial. Perhaps they should take a cue from the work that went on at the chapel after Sept. 11. Volunteering is the best way to commemorate those who lost their lives.
New York, Oct. 11, 2002

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Published on October 13, 2002 3:14 PM.

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