TENINO, Wash. - The founder of the Spirit of America Foundation that created a 9/11 memorial is upset that the sculpture has been rejected again.
John Jackson of Tenino had hoped the monument would be installed near the Capitol in Olympia. That plan was rejected by the state Department of Enterprise Services on the basis it was of national, not state, significance, he said. A proposal to put the sculpture in a Kirkland park was rejected last week by the city council after disapproving comments were posted in an online survey. Some said it was too negative for a park and that it was unattractive.
The monument displays four bronze figures - a firefighter, a flight attendant, a business woman and a member of the military - holding hands in a circle. The sculpture includes steel from the World Trade Center and concrete from the Pentagon.
Jackson told The Chronicle the sculpture received positive comments on a tour of Eastern Washington, but he thinks people in Western Washington are too self-absorbed.
"Over 550,000 people have seen it in the eastern part of the state and it gets overwhelming support. Over here there seems to be a lot of morons," Jackson said. "I think it's a me, me, me kind of attitude in the country right now. People are so self-centered, they don't really understand what the memorial is. They make it into something they can vilify."