The name of a victim killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks appears misspelled in the newly-opened memorial at the former site of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City.
The error was discovered by Jeffrey Schreier's sister, Janice Hart, who visited the memorial Sunday on the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and her brother’s death. The inscription reads "Jeffery" instead of "Jeffrey," and is the only reported mistake out of the 2,983 names carved in the memorial plate.
"This is the only place we could go to have some solace, and to see his name engraved incorrectly was very distressing to us," she told NBC News, NY.
Hart's husband seemed to take the error as a personal afront, dishonoring his brother-in-law's memory, remarking that seeing the mistake made him feel as if Jeffrey's soul was "now looking down and saying, 'Can't you get my name right?'
The solace the Schreier family is looking for can't be found in a memorial plate. Names graven in plaques of bronze cannot bring back a loved one lost; they cannot wipe away our tears of grief; they cannot erase the pain of life’s losses. In life and in death, genuine solace comes only from the Lord. He is “the only place we can go” to find the comfort we seek. “He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth” (Isaiah 25:8).
A name inscribed on a plaque is empty solace when compared to the promises of God.
“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again” (Psalm 71:20-21).