Victim’s Name Misspelled On 9/11 Memorial

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The name of a man killed in the Sept. 11 attacks is misspelled on the newly-opened memorial at the World Trade Center site.

The family of Jeffrey Schreier said the R and the second E in his first name were switched on the memorial.

His sister Janice Hart, of West Hempstead, says she couldn’t believe it when she saw the error Sunday. Hart, her family and friends were so upset by the mistake that they left the ceremony early after discovering the typo.

“It’s a nice memorial it just upset us a little bit that they messed up the name,” Schreier’s nephew, Adam Hart, said.

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Schreier worked in the mailroom at the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, a company that lost 658 people that day. His remains were never recovered.

Memorial spokesman Michael Frazier said the letters apparently were reversed when the name was entered into a database. He says memorial officials regret the error and are working on fixing it.

The memorial opened to the general public Monday.

The memorial features two serene reflecting pools –that sit in the footprints of the two towers — ringed with bronze panels featuring the names of nearly 3,000 souls lost in the terrorist attacks in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

The six victims of the bombing at the World Trade Center in 1993 are also included in the memorial.

The waterfalls cascading down the four walls of each fountain are the largest such fountains in North America.

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  1. LMD says:

    Ditto – I’m sorry for your loss, but one mistake out of almost 3,000 names is an admirable effort.

  2. Matt says:

    Millions of dollars were donated for you to remember your brother. Thousands of people sent thousands of hours to complete this on time for the tenth anniversary. Complaining about one character out of place in sea of hundreds of thousands characters, is ignorant. You know it will be fixed promptly at a significant cost, with no argument. All the hard work, and tireless efforts of so many is ignored because you cant respond with class. Making this a news story is a slap in the face of everyone who gave effort to the memorial. You should be embarrassed to complain of a human mistake, and disrespect all the people that worked hard for you and other victims families.

    1. terry6206 says:

      Perfectly said.

  3. Suzann Frattolillo Gemelos says:

    How about some compassion for these people as they remember what was probably the worst day in their lives, the day they lost their brother, uncle etc. If it was your family member that died a horrible death you might want others to be a bit understanding that the anniversary of their death causes you to be sensitive to something that might seem minor to others. Think about it, if your own mother’s tombstone was misspelled you would surely object to it being a part of her permanent monument. Cut these people some slack!

  4. Shame on this family! says:

    I’m sure if the name was misspelled on the Payoff Check from the 9/11 Victims fund they would have still cashed it without calling the media. Shameful.

  5. angry says:

    People need to get a life!!

  6. Mister mister says:

    He wasn’t a firefighter so who cares.

  7. badman says:

    one name out of 3,000? that’s pretty damn good. it will be fixed – the monument designers and builders meant no disrespect.

    I’m a little surprised that they did not have an online approval system or something like to so the families could give final approval to the spelling.

  8. Enuff Already says:

    After a while it gets disgusting listening to the overly sensitive complaints and demands from these families. It just never ends with them: dictating how a memorial should look, whose name goes where, how much money they get, etc. One mistake out of thousands of names is pretty good. The misspelling isn’t going to rustle the deceased’s soul. And for them to leave early is downright childish. Grow up, it will be fixed, and you can be sure it will cost a pretty penny to do so too. I’m sorry that they lost a loved one, so did I but I don’t go carrying on like a child. You don’t hear this from other victims families like Pearl Harbor or the Lusitania.

  9. JOE says:

    HAVING SEEN THE MEMORIAL I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED THIS MORE OF A WAR MEMORIAL LIKE ARLINGTON CEMETERY OR VIETNAM WITH NAMES OF SOLDIERS THIS WAS NOT A WAR BUT PEOPLE WHO WENT TO WORK AND NEVER CAME HOME THIS IS PEOPLE WHO HAD TO DECIDE TO BURN TO DEATH AND JUMP TO THEIR DEATH 100 STORIES UNLIKE SOLDIERS THE WORST KIND OF DEATH FOR INOCENT PEOPLE AND I COULD SEE THAT FROM THIS MEMORIAL I EXPECTED A STATUE OF FIREMEN RESCUING PEOPLE TO TELL PEOPLE THEY JUMPED TO THEIR DEATH THIS LOOKED PLAIN LIKE A WAR MEMORIAL. TERRIABLE JOJ AFTER HAVING 10 YEARS TO COME UP WITH THIS . THE KIDS WONT UNDERSTAND THIS SACRIFICE BECAUSE IN THE AFTERNOON WE THEN WENT AND WATCHED FOOTBALL THIS IS A SACRIFICE? THIS DAY IS SAD SO FORGET ABOUT SPORTS. BAD TYPE OF MEMORIAL

    1. Eunice Plotsky says:

      Next time, instead of SHOUTING, try using a spell checker. Because your message makes you come across as ignorant, stupid and a gerbil whose second language is English. Gracias.

      1. O J Simpson says:

        Como?

  10. Sam says:

    The family was that distraught over a misspelling of their loved ones name that they had to leave the ceremony early. Come on. I am sure it will be fixed

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