Harlow Council to consider lasting memorial for 9/11 victim Simon Maddison
General / Sat 18th Sep 2021 at 10:29am
THE LEADER OF Harlow Council has agreed to look into the possibility of a lasting memorial to Harlow’s 9/11 victim Simon Maddison
Councillor Andrew Johnson was responding to a question from Labour councillor Tony Durcan.
You can follow the filmed news item from the 11th minute of the film below.
Councillor Tony Durcan to Councillor Andrew Johnson (Leader of the Council and Lead on Economic Recovery):
Last week was the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 were 2,977 people were murdered.
Your Harlow reminded us all of a local lad born and educated in Harlow who was a victim of this tragedy, Simon Maddison. Whilst he moved to America he should be remembered by Harlow in some way. I ask the council at the next opportunity that we find a naming opportunity to recognise Simon life and his ambitions.
Could we send a message to his family in America and at a suitable time enable them to be aware that Harlow never forgets its own?
Reply from Councillor Andrew Johnson (Leader of the Council and Lead on Economic Recovery):
9/11 remains one of the most poignant and tragic events in our lifetime and the twentieth anniversary last weekend was a powerful reminder to reflect on those that lost their lives, including Simon. I was moved by the tribute to Simon in Your Harlow and I’m aware that BBC Essex also carried out an interview with Simon’s family in America where they spoke about his life in Harlow and his family home at Paddock Mead.
“We should be guided by the wishes of Simon’s family and I will ask Officers to gather contact details for his family and so we can ask them what they feel would be an appropriate memorial for Simon.
Harlow never forgets its own? Yeah right, What about making developers name roads etc after those who gave up life after 2 world wars.
I can confirm the council works with the British legion and others including families to recognise respect and reflect on their contribution. A few years ago we dedicated a new row of council homes to a fallen hero.