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Families of 9/11 victims offered a say in merchandise sold at memorial gift shop

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Families of 9/11 victims offered a say in merchandise sold at memorial gift shop

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 29, 2014

Some family members of 9/11 victims are now going to have a say in what merchandise is sold in the newly-opened September 11 Memorial Museum gift shop, after many first-time visitors were utterly disgusted by the products being sold. Those products included a U.S.-shaped ceramic platter with hearts marking the states where the planes made impact, the same pattern as a cheese plate and stuffed animals made to look like the search and rescue dogs used to hunt for victims.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Joe Daniels, the memorial foundation president, says, "This is a good reminder that as much 'success' as we've had … we have to remember that the sensitivity around 9/11 is so high."

Although the memorial foundation has sold memorabilia prior to the May 21 public opening of the 9/11 memorial plaza, emotions are running especially high now that profit is being made literally on the Twin Towers foundation, at the grave-site of almost 3,000 individuals. Those gift shop profits, as well as the museum's admission fees, are used to fund the daily operations of the memorial.

"Once the public starts coming in, you learn so much," Daniels further tells The Wall Street Journal. "We in no way presume to get everything right. We will accept that criticism, absolutely."

Daniels now plans to enlist the family members who serve on the foundation board to review the merchandise offered for sale. Both the memorial platter and the cheese plate have since been reportedly removed from display.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.