Preserve Reminders Of Attacks on 9/11

In New York City, the attitude seems to be that nothing can stand in the way of “progress.” There is something to be said for the philosophy of moving forward with life — but not if it means forgetting important events in the past.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, most of the debris from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center has been removed. A new office complex is to be built at the site.

But one stirring reminder has remained: a 22-foot high staircase that originally connected the towers to a plaza. It was used by many of those who survived the attack.

It also was in the way, according to New York Port Authority officials, who own the site. They had planned to demolish the staircase.

Fortunately, wiser heads prevailed. On Sunday, the 65-ton structure was moved to a corner of the site. It will become part of the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum, scheduled to open in 2011.

Good. Nearly 3,000 people were slaughtered in the 9/11 attacks, in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Americans need to be reminded of what happened that day, just as they should never forget other important, sometimes tragic, episodes in our history.