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Do You Think There Should Be A Gift Shop At 9/11 Memorial?


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In addition to the moving artifacts and exhibits, the new 9/11 Memorial Museum, which is opening to the public on Wednesday at Ground Zero in New York, also has a gift shop, and that’s not sitting well with some family members, according to the New York Post.

Victims’ family members and friends, first responders and survivors have been able to tour the museum since the dedication ceremony last week, and that included seeing the gift shop. Diane Horning, whose 26-year-old son was killed in the attacks, told the Post, “To me, it’s the crassest, most insensitive thing to have a commercial enterprise at the place where my son died.” Referring to the fact that thousands of unidentified body parts are in a “remains repository” at the museum, Horning, who also objects to the cafe, said, “Here is essentially our tomb of the unknown. To sell baubles I find quite shocking and repugnant. I think it’s a money-making venture to support inflated salaries, and they’re willing to do it over my son’s dead body.”

According to the newspaper, a notice at the gift shop and online where items are sold says, “All net proceeds from our sales are dedicated to developing and sustaining” the museum. Some of the items on sale, as described the Post, include: FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority Police T-shirts and caps; earrings molded from leaves and blossoms of the “Survivor Tree,” police and firefighters jewelry charms; and “United We Stand” merchandise.

Here’s a link to the museum’s on-line store.

Do you think it’s offensive?

Here’s what one caller said this morning, her son died after going down to Ground Zero.

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