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Ten Years After 9/11—Too Soon for a T-Shirt?

It is the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this year. What does that mean to you?

What is the difference between commemorating an event in our history and exploiting it? When is it too soon to bring out the merchandise?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy. For many, this event changed their view of the United States, of our society and of the world.

Michael's craft store at Westgate Shopping Center is putting out memorabilia for sale to commemorate the event, and, according to staff, the merchandise will be available up to Sept. 11. Are there others out there doing the same?

Is it time to commemorate this turning point in American history, or is it still too soon after the tragedy?

Cathy Weselby August 16, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Ugh. My gut reaction is that it's too soon, and may never be appropriate. I'm also already dreading the media's overreaction to the 10th anniversary. The effects of 9/11 are more powerful than a T-shirt slogan or commemorative issue of a newspaper could convey.
Sandy Richards August 17, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Yeah, I don't need a t-shirt to remember the horrors of that day. I find this very distasteful and I will not be purchasing any commemorative memorabilia.

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