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And he also wants people to remember how he died: “Murdered by Muslim terrorists.”
For Gadiel, any tribute to his son would be woefully incomplete without those words.
“I think it`s important, because I think there`s a nationwide effort to suppress the identity of the people who were involved in the attacks,” Gadiel told Fox News.
Eight years ago, 23-year-old James Gadiel worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center. He died when a hijacked plane crashed into the North Tower.
For years, Gadiel`s hometown of Kent, Conn., has wanted to honor the young man with a memorial plaque next to its town hall. But the tribute has hit a snag because James` father wants to include the phrase, “Murdered by Muslim terrorists,” under his son`s name.
For Peter Gadiel, it is a central fact of the Sept. 11 attacks that is often left out.
“It isn`t just overlooked, it`s suppressed,” Gadiel said. “It`s simply wrong to imply that people just died. The buildings didn`t just collapse, they didn`t just fall down – they were attacked by people with a specific identity, a specific purpose.”
Town officials call the phrase too controversial for a small town memorial, and they recently voted against erecting the plaque if Gadiel insists on the language.
“We perceive ourselves as a very warm, loving town,” said Ruth Epstein, a Kent selectman and one of two town leaders to vote the plaque down. “To disparage any one ethnic group is just against everything that we stand for here.”