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Unidentified Remains Of Sept. 11 Victims Returned To Ground Zero

By Eyder Peralta on May 10th, 2014

As a heavy fog lifted through the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, a procession began.

Vehicles from the FDNY, the Port Authority and NYPD carried three flag-draped coffins filled with the unidentified remains of some Sept. 11 victims.

The procession began at a medical examiner’s office and passed by Ladder Co. 10, where firefighters paid their respects in formation. When the vehicles stopped at ground zero, the coffins were unloaded and placed in a special repository 70 feet underground in the same building as the museum scheduled to open May 21.

The repository and the museum are separated by a wall and the remains will not be for public viewing, but some family members protested the decision to place them there. They wore black gags as they watched the procession roll by.

The New York Times reports:

“Alexander Santora, 77, a retired deputy chief in the Fire Department, was among those who wore a gag. ‘We had no say in what was going on here,’ said Mr. Santora, whose son Christopher, 23, a probationary firefighter, was killed in the attacks. ‘You can’t tell me that tour guides aren’t going to be going inside that building and saying, “Behind that wall are the victims of 9/11.” That’s a dog and pony show.’

“But other families supported the decision, and were critical of the protesters.

“‘I thought it was just ridiculous; everyone is too political over this,’ said Lisa Vukaj, 34, as she left the plaza wearing a badge bearing a photo of her brother Simon Marash Dedvukaj, who was killed. She said she thought the ceremonial transfer was ‘appropriate and fitting’, and said, ‘I just wanted to come and pay my respects, to be in the moment.'”

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