The 9/11 Memorial gift shop recently removed a cheese platter in the shape of the United States, which had three hearts on the locations where the planes struck — New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.
The gift shop has been criticized before for being placed in a location where so many lives were lost. There were toys and jewelry being sold, and people were distraught about the idea of making money in such an emotional, momentous location.
“It’s adding insult to injury to charge $24,” said state Sen. Martin Golden told the New York Post.
Joe Daniels, CEO of the Memorial, expressed that it was hard to expect what the response would be like. “Once the public starts coming in, you learn so much. We in no way presume to get everything right. We will accept that criticism, absolutely,” reported the Wall Street Journal.
Daniels stated that future items sold at the Memorial Museum’s gift shop will be approved by family members of 9/11 victims.