NEW YORK (AP/WCBS 880) — Some relatives of victims who died a decade ago at the World Trade Center are decrying a plan to place more than 9,000 unidentified pieces of human remains at the site of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

LISTEN: WCBS 880 spoke with Norman Seigal, an attorney for a group of 9/11 family members

Family members and supporters gathered Sunday just steps from Ground Zero to lobby city officials to alter plans for the museum near the site.

Sally Regenhard, who lost her firefighter son Christian, says it’s unacceptable to house unclaimed remains below ground at the memorial.

She and others want a separate facility built at the site, something akin to the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

Christy Ferer, the mayor’s liaison to the families, said there were numerous consultations with relatives about the placement of the remains. She said the families will have private access to the area to grieve.

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Comments (12)
  1. Dwayne420 says:

    The final decision should rest with the majority of the families/survivors…nobody else has a right to make this decision.

  2. Yellow says:

    Are you kidding me gg?? It’s one thing to feel frustrated at the long delay of the memorial museum being built. I’m frustrated with it. Yes, it has been almost ten years since it happened, and people want some closure.

    I honestly don’t know what the correct or “right” thing to do is here. I know that if it were my brother, who is fighting in Afghanistan right now, I would want the remains above ground, where they can be seen in the “light”.

    However, I can also understand that they want to do something underground, as in, they are buried, as in they had a proper burial, know what I mean?

    I also side with Karen S, and I too would volunteer my time to stand watch over this memorial, as I am sure a lot of others.

    Let’s just get the memorial built, and have some closure for everyone.

    1. CKN says:

      I agree with most of what you wrote, however, most of the delays are the result of relatives and survivors not being able to agree or compromise. One group wants white, the other black….both are passionate about their choices and neither wants to back down. I’m a retired FF whose dept was at ground zero within 32 hours, I understand the passion, but it’s time to think about all the victims first and let them rest…no more lines in the sand.

  3. Mr Johnson says:

    It has been almost a decade adn the DEMANDS and requests are outraegous.

  4. Richard T. says:

    I would want my loved one’s remains out in the sunlight where I could visit as if I would any other loved one’s who would be entombed in a cemetary. I think that it’s an injustice to place these lost soul’s remains in with a ‘museum’. The families will continue to mourn their losses, let them do so in a manner that they think to be befitting those who they lost.

  5. Please stop the delays! says:

    I feel for this lady, but her requests and demands have been over the top for a long time now. Unfortunately, it is people like her who are creating the long delay in rebuilding the World Trade Center area.

    1. gg says:

      I’m sick of these 9-11 families…they are gone,dead now move on!!

      1. Richard T. says:

        And where were you on 9/11, out shopping for shoes or in a bar?

      2. kristen says:

        gg thats a disgusting comment to leave. do you not know loss? heartbreak? these people were killed violently unexpectedly. obviously you are not from the new york area and didn’t smell the chemical burning smell for days and weeks after the towers came down. obviously you didn’t wait to hear every day if your friend a heroic paramedic was found…he was found in march of 2002 in the rubble and his family is shattered that he is gone. what a dispicable comment.

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  7. jjanice says:

    The 9/11 families’ demands are getting outrageous.

  8. karen s says:

    which idiot signed off on this. oh, “the mayor’s liaison.” i’m with ms regenhard in her opposition to having the remains as part of a museum. a tomb of the unknowns is a far better way to remember our loved ones, and above ground. if the fear is that grafitti artists would desecrate such an edifice, i would be happy to sign up to stand watch for our noble dead from all forms of lowlife (including politicians).

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