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Finalists Selected in WTC Memorial

Aired November 19, 2003 - 10:40   ET

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KAGAN: Time to get a peak at the finalists for the memorial for the World Trade Center. Here's John Whitehead. He is the head of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
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JOHN WHITEHEAD, LOWER MANHATTAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION: In the aftermath of such a devastating stating loss, our elemental humanity, our compassion, our fortitude and our hope held fast.

Indeed, it was this very humanity that was attacked. This humanity that drove hundreds of first responders into the burning towers. And this humanity that inspired the enumerable known and unknown acts of bravery in the towers that day.

Later on, it was this humanity that shined in the rescuers a top the World Trade Center pile who worked tirelessly to recover their brothers and sisters.

And it is this humanity that has guided us to where we are now, an important step closer to the creation of a memorial that honors the heroes we lost that day. Never before has a memorial competition produced so great an outpouring of creative ideas.

Five thousand two hundred and one submissions were received from 62 countries. Amid the thousands of deeply-moving, lovingly-crafted designs, our 13 jurors spent hundreds of hours well beyond the call of duty meticulously examining and evaluating. Let me thank all of the jurors for their selfless, tireless work.

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WHITEHEAD: Let me name them for you. Paula Grant Berry, Susan Freedman, Vartan Gregorian, Patricia Harris, Maya Lin, Michael McKeon...

KAGAN: They're naming the jurors, the people who had to make the decision to go from the 5,200 entrants down to the eight finalists.

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