This is a lit­tle creepy. The NY Times reports that a store near the for­mer WTC, whose wares became coated with dust from the fallen tow­ers, got trans­formed into a kind of shrine by vis­i­tors, tourists and even res­cue workers.

The “shrine” has now been put on per­ma­nent dis­play at the NY Historical Society. The exhibit items were placed by peo­ple in haz­mat suits because the dust is toxic, and some of it might con­tain human remains.

Am I the only one who thinks this is an obses­sion bor­der­ing on the sick? (Not this one memo­r­ial par­tic­u­larly, but rather our appar­ent national fix­a­tion on 11 September, com­plete with flags and “We will never for­get”.) Or is this more in keep­ing with the USS Arizona Memorial?

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