The 9-11 Memorial Has a Gift Shop, This is Not Only Absurd, It’s Tasteless

TASTELESS …

The 9-11 museum at Ground Zero in New York City tells the grim story of that fateful September morning in 2001 when terrorists attacked the United States and changed our lives forever. The museum contains artifacts and exhibits that pay tribute to the innocent people that were killed that day and the first responders, police and firefighter heroes who ran into the buildings and paid the ultimate sacrifice. There is also about 8,000 unidentified body parts stored out of sight in a “remains repository” at the museum’s underground home. How does something like this have a gift shop? It is not only absurd, it is completely tasteless and offensive the the families and  friends who lost loved ones that day. It just seems so wrong, but the museum does need funds to exist. The Gothamist points out that the Holocaust Museum have gift shops as ways of funding.

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.

Even FDNY vests for dogs come in all sizes.

Among the museum shop’s specially designed items:

-?A black and white “Darkness Hoodie” printed with an image of the Twin Towers. The pullover, like other “Darkness” items, bears the words “In Darkness We Shine Brightest.” Price: $39.

-?Silk scarves printed with 1986 photos by Paula Barr, including a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline. Another depicts “lunchtime on the WTC Plaza.” They go for $95 each.

I just cannot see some one wearing a 9-11 hoodie as a way to remember and understand what 9-11 means. I have to second the comment from Mediaite, “It’s not because the money is going to a good cause that a 9/11 gift shop makes sense, although I’m just as perplexed as everyone else about exactly who it is that will want to buy any of this shit, it’s because this memorial is meant to be a symbol of what 9/11 represents.”

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12 Years Later … September 11, 2001, Have You Forgotten? We Will Always Remember Those We Lost, The Heroes and the Evil that Attacked Us

12 years later, in some ways it feels just like 12 hours ago and sometimes just 12 minutes ago. God Bless those who lost their lives that terrible day and a special prayer to the families of those who lost so very much and have overcome.

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Have you forgotten that fateful September morning? In many ways it seems that many have. That is until we are attacked again, like in Benghazi, Libya last September 11, 2012. A terror attacked passed off as being blamed on a anti- Islamic video tape by our government and one year later “We the People” have no answers or individuals in custody. But today is meant to honor the memories of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and the heroes that inspired a nation. It has been 12 years to the day of that fateful September morning in 2001 where in an instant our lives and world changed forever. Nearly 3000 people lost their lives in NYC at the World Trade Center, in Washington, DC as flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon and in a field in Shanksville, PA where heroes aboard Flight 93 took matters into their hands and said “NO to terrorism”. DO YOU REMEMBER?

We saw pure evil and we saw the best of people. The heroism of those who responded to the terrible terrorist and cowardice acts will never be forgotten as well. Fireman, police, paramedics and first responders running into buildings to help their fellow man, perishing in their efforts. Folks, do not ever forget that feeling you had that day. Do not ever get complacent, do not ever let political correctness make you feel guilty for your actual feelings. For if we forget history and what took place, we are destine to repeat it.

Sorry, love him or hate him, we all owe President George W. Bush for his leadership in the aftermath of 9-11. This is what presidential leadership looks like and thank God we had him to help a nation through the pain and anguish in the days, months and years after. Below is GWB’s iconic bullhorn speech in NYC at Ground Hero … “I can hear you …”

First Plane hits the South Tower of the World Trade Center

Second Plane Hits North Tower of World Trade Center

Tower Two collapses

North Tower Collapse

UNREAL … Iconic Ground Zero Photo of Firemen and US Flag Nearly Excluded from 9-11 Memorial Museum for being Too ‘Rah-Rah’ American

UNBELIEVABLE …  AND YES, THOSE THAT WOULD HAVE EXCLUDED THIS IMAGE ARE UN-AMERICAN!

The below iconic Ground Zero image was seen as too “vehemently” American by some 9-11 Museum staffers. So much so that the photo of the firefighters raising the US flag at Ground Zero amidst the destruction, twisted metal and debris following the terror attacks in New York City was almost excluded from the 9-11 Memorial museum as being too “rah-rah” American. As stated by the Jawa Report, “the museum’s director is so liberal and anti-American, he says the way America would look best is to not look American at all.”   Eventually, the photograph was included, but only in a minimized capacity among many other less iconic pictures.

What is going on in this country that the greatest attack on American soil, where nearly 3000 people were killed in NYC at the Trade Center terror attacks and yet we have libs in charge of the memorial that are worried that an icon pic of heroic firemen raising the US flag upon the rubble was too American? Obviously there were foreign nationals that were killed during the terror attack, but the overwhelming number were US citizens and the attack took place on US soil. How dare there be a pic that was American!

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From the NY Post:

This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum — because it was “rah-rah” American, a new book says.

Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.

“I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said.

The PJ Tatler has some great insights and opinions on the mindset, decision making and screwed up philosophy thay took place with regards to the 9-11 Memorial museum.

There is a terrible sadness associated with this story. It is the growing realization that when my generation — or perhaps the one following — is gone, there will be more Americans like Mr. Shulman than Americans like me — people who find that kind of rationalization, that sort of ignorant posturing , rancid and decrepit.

I was hoping to visit the 9/11 museum some day. I’m sure there will be some powerful reminders of what happened. But if the guiding principles of its “creative director” is any indication of the tone and thrust of what the museum is offering, I want no part of it.

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  • And opts to interview Kris Jenner instead. WTF? Watch the VIDEO here. Discusses Kardashian mom breast implants instead of a moment of silence  … Beyond Disrespectful

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Beyond Disrespectful … Students From Junior High School 292 in East New York Brooklyn Throw Trash in 9-11 Memorial … Students Booted from Ground Hero

You have got top be kidding … It would appear that “They have Forgotten” or never told.

A group of 7th graders from  Junior High School 292 in East New York, Brooklyn on a field trip were booted from the 9-11 Memorial after they used the reflective pools as a garbage can throwing plastic soda battles and trash in them. WHAT!!! Who in the hell does this at Ground Hero? How in the hell are a ground of NYC school students so uninformed as to the sanctity of this hallowed ground that saw nearly 3000 innocent people lose their lives at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists? Of all things, kids from the NYC area. One would think if any group of kids were told about September 11, it would be children from NYC? Then again, I guess it depends on what the public school teaches them.

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A group of students from Brooklyn were forced to leave the Sept. 11 memorial after throwing garbage into its reflecting pools, according to a published report.

The students from Junior High School 292 in East New York were visiting the site on a class trip Thursday when witnesses said they threw baseballs, empty plastic soda bottles and other trash into the water, reports the Daily News.

A note to the disrespectful students who would desecrate such a hallowed Memorial where so many brave men. women and children died the day the Towers fell … take a good look what you disrespected.

The Tower falls

Just curios, what are the schools in New York City actually teaching children with regards to September 11, 2001 when the US was attacked by Muslim terrorists? Obviously, it would appear nothing. Were these kids not told ahead of time what the 9-11 Memorial was and its purpose? Or did they think it was just a boring waste of time? Also, where were the teachers and chaperones? It is obvious that this school has failed its students and should be ashamed of their conduct and their own lack of education. It’s obvious that they have forgotten.

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?

More from MyFoxNY:

Visitors, New Yorkers, and 9/11 family members Fox 5 spoke to were saddened and perplexed.

Anthoula Kastinatides lost her brother on 9/11.  She says she would have pulled the children aside if she had been there at the time.

“These kids just need to be educated about what happened there.”

The students were thrown out of the hallowed site after reportedly throwing everything from baseballs to plastic soda bottles in the memorial that sites on the footprints of the former World Trade Center twin towers.

It did not end there. The NYPD said one junior high student was caught trying to bring ammunition through the metal detector at the entrance to the memorial site.

New York Public Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says the matter is under investigation.

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