9/11 Families: Do Not Bury Remains at Museum

Some families insist they were not consulted
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2011 8:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – More than 9,000 pieces of human remains from the World Trade Center attacks remain unidentified and unclaimed—but some relatives of the 9/11 victims aren't happy with their proposed final resting place, the AP reports. The plan is to house the remains seven stories underground at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, behind a wall bearing a quote from Virgil, but "the families here today say no," their attorney said yesterday.

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"They believe that the remains should be placed in a respectful and accessible location, such as something akin to the Tomb of the Unknowns above ground and separate from the museum," he continued, adding that the families do not currently plan to sue but may consider legal action in the future. At least two mothers who lost sons say the families were never consulted about the plan, but another woman who lost her husband and works as a liaison disagrees. "The outreach we did on this is voluminous," she says. "They wanted them placed as close to bedrock as possible." Click for more on the museum's controversy. (Read more 9/11 attacks stories.)

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