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Letter: Don’t disgrace sanctity of 9/11 area

The National September 11 Memorial Museum stands beyond

The National September 11 Memorial Museum stands beyond the north reflecting pool during the opening ceremony for the museum at ground zero May 15, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Pool

I find it absolutely disgusting that the people that run National September 11 Memorial & Museum would conduct an art exhibit on the grounds where about 2,780 people were killed, of which scores were never identified [“Creativity out of the carnage,” News, July 15]. It’s just another way for the concerned public to be ripped off by the museum admission fee.

I am a retired New York City firefighter who responded on 9/11 and spent many days at the site doing search and rescue and then recovery of the remains.

The museum occupies hallowed ground where surviving family members come to pay respect to loved ones they lost on that horrible day. If the board that runs the museum feels the need to show off art, let it rent a place off site.

This museum should be part of the Smithsonian Institution or the National Park Service, which runs the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Let the federal government take it over and open it up so there is no admission charge.

Al Schwartz, Levittown


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