Controversy over commercialism at Ground Zero museum

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NEW YORK, NY – It’s built to commemorate the lives of those lost. But even the museum at Ground Zero doesn’t come free.

There’s growing criticism of the money involved. Tickets for admission are $24. And then there’s a gift shop with souvenirs like scarves, images of the twin towers, bracelets and stuffed animals.

“Basically, they’re making money off my son’s dead body. I think that’s disgusting,” says Jim Riches.

Of course there is another side too.

“What we know is it’s the right thing, that when visitors come here they want to take a keepsake away,” says Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Daniels says it costs about $64 million a year to operate the landmark, which does not get government funding and relies on donations and revenue.

In the end, this discourse – just like the landmark itself – may represent the best of what America is about.

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