Ground Zero Victims' Remains Relocated to 9/11 Memorial Museum

Monday, 12 May 2014 08:08 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Ground Zero victims' remains were transported to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on Saturday despite protests from some whose lost family members were never recovered from the site of the terrorist attack.

In a solemn procession Saturday, some 7,930 plastic envelopes containing bone fragments and other pulverized human remains that could not be positively linked to individual victims were relocated to the memorial from a forensic laboratory in the office of New York City's chief medical examiner, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The remains were transported to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in a flag-draped coffin.

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While many of the September 11 victims have been identified through DNA analysis, 41 percent of the World Trade Center’s 2,753 victims have yet to be tied to any remains, The Los Angeles Times reported. In 2013, just four victims were identified from the remains.

According to city officials, the effort to identify more of the human remains will continue even though the genetic material has been relocated to the museum. There, the remains will be housed on "sacred ground" 70 feet below bedrock, adjacent to the museum, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Describing it as "respectful," de Blasio said last week that "a lot of family members have agreed that this is the right approach."

"I’m confident this is being done respectfully after a lot of consultation with family members, and in a way that really dignifies this moment and the sacred ground we’re discussing," the mayor added.

Some of those family members, however, did not agree with the mayor's assessment of the situation and, with black ribbons tied around their mouths, held a silent protest in response to the city's decision to move the remains back to Ground Zero.

Along with holding pictures of their loved ones, family members also held signs that read, "A Museum Not A Cemetery."

Though de Blasio oversaw the relocation, the decision to move the remains was made by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg.

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