Jay Sekulow

Ten years after the horrific attacks of 9/11, the remains of those murdered that day are still being identified.

Thanks to the use of DNA, authorities have now identified another victim from Ground Zero. Ernest James worked with professional services company Marsh & McLennan on the upper levels of the North Tower. The company lost more than 360 employees and consultants that day.

The New York City medical examiner's office says the identification work will continue. "As long as there is technology available, doctors have made a promise that we would continue to try to identify people," said Ellen S. Borakove, a spokeswoman with the office.

That underscores what we have said all along - Ground Zero is hallowed ground. Sacred ground. And that's exactly why we're appealing a decision by a state court in our challenge to prevent an Islamic mosque from being built at Ground Zero. On that fateful day a decade ago, the landing gear of one of the hijacked planes crashed into the building where the mosque is to be built.

The announcement that remains were found near Ground Zero recently is a stark reminder of the carnage of that day and the need to preserve standing monuments to those events.

It also a reminder of the fact that a complete government inventory of remains has yet to be completed. This fact was raised in our lawsuit against the City of New York on behalf of Timothy Brown to preserve 45-47 Park Place, the planned site for the mosque.

Brown, a 9/11 first responder who lost nearly 100 friends that day, was denied standing to sue the City by Judge Paul Feinman, who wrote that claims that body remains were found as late as 2010 were "unsubstantiated." We're in the process of preparing our appeal in that case. This news today, though, clearly demonstrates the fact that human remains at Ground Zero have not been fully accounted for.

At a time when family members of the thousands murdered at Ground Zero prepare for the 10th anniversary marking this tragedy, many are no doubt still grieving, still grappling with the loss. And for many who are facing that pain, prayer provides a tremendous comfort. Their religious beliefs - a source of strength during a very difficult time.


Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow is one of the foremost legal advocates in the area of constitutional law and religious liberties. As Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Jay Sekulow regularly appears before the United States Supreme Court, and is one of the most sought after advocates for religious liberty. Jay Sekulow is also a highly followed broadcaster and respected commentator.