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S.I. Congressman Wants WTC Steel Cross To Be National Monument

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World Trade Center Cross (file/credit: Mark Lennihan-Pool/Getty Images)

World Trade Center Cross (file/credit: Mark Lennihan-Pool/Getty Images)

NYC Remembers 9/11

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Staten Island congressman has proposed legislation that would make the Sept. 11 cross-shaped steel beam a national monument.

Rep. Michael Grimm said he was pushing for protective status for the 20-foot steel cross that was found amid the ruins of the World Trade Center site.

“The focus and goal of my legislation will be to make the cross a national monument. Therefore, once and for all, putting an end to whether the cross should be part of 9/11, whether it shouldn’t,” Grimm told 1010 WINS.

The proposed legislation was in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Atheists, according to Grimm. The group argues that a “Christian icon” should not be included in the 9/11 memorial museum, slated to open next year.

Grimm called the group’s opposition reprehensible and said the cross was “so much more than a symbol of Christianity.”

“It is part of the story of what everyone went through during 9/11,” he said.

The congressman from New York’s 13th congressional district, said that the iron beams need to be memorialized because they “were a symbol of hope and comfort for so many enduring such a horrific time in our history.”

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