Thursday, May 22, 2014

9/11 Museum Opens to Outrage Over Gift Shop, Cocktail Reception 

Image: 9/11 Memorial Museum Preview - New York City

The National September 11 Memorial Museum opened this week to outrage among some victims' families over a gift shop at the site and a black-tie reception held close to the unidentified remains of people killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.And more controversy has erupted with news that a restaurant is opening soon inside the museum offering “an array of local, seasonal fare in a relaxing and comfortable   environment,” according to the museum  guide.  

“It’s the crassest, most insensitive thing to have a commercial enterprise at the place where my son died,” Diane Horning told the New York Post. She and husband Kurt never recovered the remains of their son Matthew, 26, a database administrator at the Twin Towers.        
The gift shop is selling fire and police T-shirts and caps, earrings molded from trees that survived the destruction, “United We Stand” blankets and even FDNY vests for dogs.

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