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9/11 Gift Shop Controversy

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New York, New York (My9NJ) - There has been a great deal of outrage from the families of 9/11 victims over the new memorial museum, and now it continues with the gift shop inside which some are calling crass.

Inside the gift shop people can purchase things like hats, tee-shirts, NYPD & FDNY pins, “united by hope” bracelets engraved with a victim’s name and much more.

While some feel like these memorabilia are insensitive, others like Joe Connor say this latest uproar is being overblown. Connor witnessed the 9/11 attacks and even lost his older cousin, Steve, that day.

“Ya know there’s a shop everywhere. There’s Gettysburg, Antietam, Valley Forge, Arlington, Holocaust, you can go down the list so I think it gives people the opportunity to buy something that they can bring home with them that helps them remember. I mean that’s what it’s all about,” he explained.

Connor’s wife is a teacher in Bergen County and he says she uses the books and artifacts as teaching tools because she understands that not all students have access to visit historical sites that are engrained in the history of the United States.

“When we go to these places and we do go to a lot of historical places she does buy books and she doesn’t set curriculum, but she learns about what happened there, whether it’s Gettysburg or whether its Antietam or Valley Forge and she reads to the kids and teaches them what happened. We need to have that history here or else it could get whitewashed,” Connor concluded.


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