I'm not sure what some people are thinking.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 remains of the nearly 3,000 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.
Its 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.
Did they really not expect a museum and tourist attraction to not have a gift shop?