Is A Gift Shop At The 9/11 Museum Offensive?

Some victims, and victim’s families think it is. Article – Survivors, families outraged over 9/11 museum gift shop.

The is set to open this week. It sits on ground zero and promises to present”intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery.” But some people are angry – asking how a plays into that whole idea.

“It was opened to tell the story of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history… Family of those lost in September 11th are outraged that the museum has a store… One family member calling it insensitive and repugnant.” (Via Fox News)

The shop sells a number of items, including mugs, key chains, t-shirts, hats, hoodies, bookmarks and more. (Via National September 11 Memorial & Museum)

A mother who lost her son in the 9/11 attacks spoke with the New York Post, saying, “Here is essentially our tomb of the unknown. To sell baubles I find quite shocking … 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.”

With all due respect to the victims, and their families, the Pearl Harbor Memorial has a gift shop, and is one of the most solemn places I’ve ever been.