As we pass the 27th anniversary of the tragic Hyatt Regency walkway collapse, I feel it is fitting to write regarding the proposed Skywalk Memorial. My father and 11-year-old baby sister (Gerald and Pamela Coffey) were killed at the Hyatt, and I have been haunted by this tragedy every day of my life.
I feel that not having a memorial is doing a huge disservice to the Hyatt victims, the first responders, the doctors and nurses, the police and the family members. It saddens me to know there is no place I can go to and reflect and grieve over my family members.
This memorial is long overdue and, quite frankly, I think it’s a disgrace that there isn’t one. The city has created memorials for other tragedies. The firefighters memorial, to name one, is a great thing and shows the heart the city has. So I don’t understand why the city doesn’t feel there is a need for a memorial to the victims.
The Hyatt tragedy is just as senseless as the one that took the lives of the firefighters, and the victims have the right to the same type of honor to their memories as the firefighters to theirs.
Peggy (Coffey) Olson