Who are these people, and who put them in charge for six figures a year, no less? Further proof that the 911 families are right. They have been begging the Feds to take over this monster.
911 family member Sally Regenhard, who lost her only son, a firefighter, wrote:
The ‘pay to grieve’ 9/11 museum is a national disgrace 9/11 family members never wanted a billion-dollar money pit. All we hoped for was a simple, uplifting, honorable and patriotic memorial for all who were lost that terrible September day. Instead, those who want to pay their respects will have to pay Bloomberg & Co.
Iconic Ground Zero photo was nearly excluded from museum for being too 'rah-rah' American NY Post, July 29, 2013
This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum — because it was “rah-rah” American, a new book says.
Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.
“I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said.
Shulan had worked on a popular post-9/11 photography exhibit called “Here is New York” in Soho when he was hired by Alice Greenwald, director of the museum, for his “unique approach.”
Eventually, chief curator Jan Ramirez proposed a compromise, Greenspan writes. The Franklin shot was minimized in favor of three different photos via three different angles of the flag-raising scene.
“Several images undercut the myth of ‘one iconic moment,’ Ramirez said, and suggest instead an event from multiple points of view, like the attacks more broadly,” the book says.
“Shulan didn’t like three photographs more than he liked one, but he went along with it.”
Shulan told The Post he didn’t know that the way Greenspan described the discussion about the photographs “is the way that I would have.”
“My concern, as it always was, is that we not reduce [9/11] down to something that was too simple, and in its simplicity would actually distort the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event,” he said.
Shulan was living in Soho on Sept. 11, 2011. He helped organize the “Here is New York” exhibit shortly after the attack, and it grew to include thousands of photographs taken by professionals and ordinary New Yorkers. The collection was later donated to the New-York Historical Society.
Many 9/11 families have advocated for the honorable and respectful interment of unidentified 9/11 human remains at Ground Zero -- but NOT in a Museum. Nearly a decade ago, families were assured that these remains would be located in a "separate and distinct repository - separate from any Museum or Visitor Center." Family groups were promised this by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) in writing in 2003, via the "WTC Memorial Guidelines" written by the Family Advisory Council and agreed to by the LMDC. At that time, the small number of group leaders who met with the LMDC could never have imagined that the honorable and respectful interment promised would result in a shell game that plans to place 9,000 unidentified remains 70 feet (7 stories) below ground in a dangerous, distasteful and dishonorable manner.
9/11 family members were faced with the adamant refusal of Joe Daniels, President & CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum Foundation (9/11MM), to survey WTC family members in order to ask them for permission to put their loved ones' remains in a museum. WTC families filed a lawsuit, seeking to force the City of New York to release the names of the 2,749 family members whose loved ones died on 9/11, for the purpose of notifying and seeking the input of the families regarding the City’s and the 9/11MM’s plan.
This has fallen on the deaf ears of Ayatollah Bloomberg.
For this dereliction of duty, these Bloomberg quislings, the 9/11MM officials, have been remunerated handsomely. Daniels pocketed $371,307. Museum director Alice Greenwald made $351,000, and capital planning Vice President Joan Gerner soaked up $337,143 before leaving last spring. Development director Cathy Blaney raked in $322,292. The full-time foundation employee also worked last year as a fund-raiser for Gov. Cuomo's election campaign.
If it weren’t for billionaire mayor and 9/11 memorial-museum chairman Mike Bloomberg’s “loan” of $15 million, the $700 million museum would have been history before it opened.
Now, the world will find out what some of the more dogged 9/11 family members have known for years: It will be a “pay to grieve” museum, charging as much as $25 a head.
What is wrong with this picture?
None of the 9/11 family members that I have worked with ever wanted a billion-dollar money pit; all we hoped for was a simple, uplifting, honorable and patriotic memorial for all who were lost that terrible September day.
Instead, we have a “money is no object” monstrosity inflicted upon us — a design we did not choose, and which we bear no responsibility for — that was incredibly expensive to build and even more logic-defying to maintain.
In order to pay for this, taxpayers across America have had to pony up hundreds of millions. Donations from individuals and corporations brought in hundreds of millions more. And yet, it wasn’t enough.
It’s no wonder, given the fact that the dangerous, dishonorable and expensive design was fiscally out of control from day one — a fact that I and many of the 9/11 families continuously raised, but to no avail.
On top of that, the salaries of the top ten memorial-museum officials exceeds $3 million annually.
The museum admission charge is the final insult. Officials have floated a $25 entry price. How dare they charge visitors to pay respects to those lost on 9/11, including my son, a firefighter and recon Marine sergeant?
If his USMC brothers and friends from all over the country want to pay him respect, they have to pay Bloomberg & Co. $25 first.
What a crime! How many families could afford to pay that?
The memorial-museum planners should be ashamed of themselves. Now is not the time to tell the public that not only is the construction budget blown, but the operating budget is shot as well.
This is a national disgrace.
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