- The Washington Times - Monday, May 6, 2013

Charging admission fees to the National September 11 Memorial Museum is an outrage and a “slap in the face,” said one group that represents the families of victims.

“Patriotic people from all corners of the country go to teach their children something and show respect, and now they will be faced with this fee? It is outrageous. … [It’s] a slap in the face,” said Sally Regenhard, assistant chairwoman of the 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims, in a CNN report.

The fee only furthers the image of New York City as “money-hungry,” she said in the CNN report. “It is taking advantage of tourists.”

It will also prove counterproductive, she said, and fewer will visit due to the fee.

The communications manager for the 9/11 Memorial, Anthony Guido, said the price for entry will range between $20 and $25, CNN reported.

“This feeds the idea of New York City being money-hungry. It is taking advantage of tourists,” Ms. Regenhard said. “Making people pay to grieve is going to prevent people from paying their respects and learn about the victims.”

Mr. Guido told CNN that an exact price has not yet been set, but it will range from $20 to $25, and family members of 9/11 victims are exempt from all memorial-museum fees and charges.

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