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FRANKLIN – Andrew Keating’s grandmother was killed in the 9/11 attacks, and if the US government has more information to unlock responses on that tragic day, then Keating has said they should be returned public.
Keating, 33, has weighed in on a controversy that swirls among the families of the victims as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.
About 1,800 families of victims, survivors and first responders issued a statement Friday that President Joe Biden should declassify US government documents they say will show Saudi Arabia supported the 9/11 attacks.
The White House said it has met with families and heard their demands.
During the campaign for the White House in 2020, Biden said he would work to get the documents released.
Friday’s statement accused Biden of obscuring, reneging on his campaign promise and making that request – if the documents are not released, Biden should not be allowed to attend upcoming events that mark the 20th anniversary of September 11.
“It’s a tough stance to take,” said Keating, whose grandmother, Barbara Ann Keating, was a passenger on Flight 11 which crashed into the World Trade Center.
Keating lives in Franklin, grew up in the Burncoat neighborhood of Worcester, and was 13 on September 11. He believes that the public has a right to all information relating to that fateful day.
But he doesn’t support Biden’s ban on memorial services.
“It would be helpful for surviving families to provide as much information as possible,” Keating said. “Actions and providing information are more valuable than showing up (at the 9/11 ceremonies) and saying a few words.”
Lives with pain
Francine Kaplan of Framingham will live with the pain of 9/11 for the rest of her life. Kaplan’s daughter, Robin Kaplan, was a passenger on Flight 11.
“They should be declassified. It’s been 20 years, ”Kaplan said on Friday.
Robin Kaplan graduated from Old Worcester State College in 1990, and was traveling on business for TJX companies when she was killed at age 33. At the time of her death, she was living in Westboro.
“They were all guilty,” Kaplan said. She explained that “they” are everyone involved in the September 11 attack.
“My daughter was on the first plane (which landed on the World Trade Center). I always have this image in mind. I can never erase it.
Keating fondly remembers his grandmother as they spent summers together on Cape Cod.
“Awesome” is how he described their relationship.
As the 20th anniversary approaches, Keating said everything “looks very new, but also looks like ancient history.”
“I miss my daughter,” Kaplan said, reflecting on the past 20 years.
For two decades, Kaplan wrestled with this question: why would anyone want to hurt so many people? Nearly 3,000 people died on September 11.
“They killed my daughter,” Kaplan said. “She would have had a wonderful life.” This life had to include marriage, as Kaplan was about to get engaged before his life came to an abrupt end.
“They stole it. They stole me, my husband and my son, ”Kaplan said.
TJX Companies host an annual golf tournament in honor of Robin Kaplan. Part of the money from this year’s event was donated to organizations working to find a cure for Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that plagues Robin Kaplan.
Keating and Kaplan said they were initially unaware of Friday’s statement calling on Biden to release all government documents. They were not contacted by the families of the victims to alert them that this was happening.
Keating’s position is that Biden has the right to attend 9/11 memorial services, but he has to be honest with any information.
“I don’t think there are any key pieces of the story that were left out,” he said. “There might be details that reveal incompetence along the way. “
Kaplan has made his position clear: hand over the documents.
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