- Posted May 18, 2014 by
New York City, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
There is a "Gift Shop" at the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero..... Really?
By Susan Edelman
The museum at Ground Zero tells the dark story of the 9/11 terror attacks with spectacular artifacts and exhibits. It pays heart-wrenching tribute to the innocents and heroes killed that day.
It also has a gift shop.
The 9/11 museum’s cavernous boutique offers a vast array of souvenir goods. For example: FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority Police T-shirts ($22) and caps ($19.95); earrings molded from leaves and blossoms of downtown trees ($20 to $68); cop and firefighter charms by Pandora and other jewelers ($65); “United We Stand” blankets.
There are bracelets, bowls, buttons, mugs, mousepads, magnets, key chains, flags, pins, stuffed animals, toy firetrucks, cellphone cases, tote bags, books and DVDs.
You can pick up an assortment of oak leaf jewelry at the 9/11 museum gift shop.
Photo: Sue Edelman
Even FDNY vests for dogs come in all sizes.
After paying $24 admission for adults, $18 for seniors and students, and $15 for kids 7 to 17, visitors can shop till they drop.
“To me, it’s the crassest, most insensitive thing to have a commercial enterprise at the place where my son died,” Diane Horning said.
She and husband Kurt never recovered the remains of their son Matthew, 26, a database administrator for Marsh & McLennan and aspiring guitarist.
About 8,000 unidentified body parts are now stored out of sight in a “remains repository” at the museum’s underground home.
“Here is essentially our tomb of the unknown. To sell baubles I find quite shocking and repugnant,” said Horning, who also objects to the museum cafe.
“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.”
As many already know....the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero opened this past week.
I have no interest in looking at the artifacts and reliving that gruesome day.....
I don't need any reminders....the events and aftermath will be forever edged in my memory.....
I did go to the Memorial site with a relative from Spain who was visiting in March of 2013.
It was the first time since the towers came down that I walked anywhere near ground zero.....
I grew up facing those towers through out my teens....
I took it for granted they would always be there....
Yet, am I the only one that thinks it's callous to have a gift shop at such a somber site.....
Do we really want to sell knickknacks at such a place?
First picture is the one posted with the article in the NY Post...
Second picture is the view of NYC from the home I grew up in on a hazy March day in 2013.
Third picture is of one of the reflecting pools.
The last picture is of the Freedom Tower while still in construction.