9/11 Memorial fees spark confusion and controversy

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NEW YORK (PIX11)- Visitors to the 9/11 memorial who make a reservation by phone or online now have to pay a two dollar fee for their pass.

The reservation system was in place even before the memorial opened to the public on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.  There was never a cost for the service until last month.

“Just like you visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, no charge for the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial in D.C., it just stings of improper.”

Michael Burke, whose firefighter brother was killed on September 11th, first learned about the fee today from us.

He and other family members are angry that people have to pay to pay their respects, “It just not has been a process where people put all the memory and honor first, It’s been politics, how does this work for me, and now were charging two dollars for something that America and the world is coming to see, and really should not be charged for.”

Charles Wolf’s wife Kathryn was among the 9/11 dead.  He says adding the fee was necessary because of delays caused by among other things, hurricane sandy.  It dumped water into the 9/11 museum which is still under construction.

“The memorial people have to pay to lease this advance reservation system, and they have to cover the costs that strung out much longer than anticipated. They are being responsible for the memorial.  They want to keep everything looking good and they can’t go taking things from one area to pay for another.”

Once certain construction projects are finished, the reservation system will no longer exist.


  • MarkinFL

    Someone has to pay for this. Unless another revenue stream can be identified what is the option? I personally would like to see it paid for by taxes. Some people hate taxes. I see it as a way for the community to pay for public services. 9/11 affected all of us. This should be a national memorial.

    • Jim

      Of course it should be payed for by taxes. What they hell are for for if not at least the building and upkeep of naitonal memorials?

  • guest

    as a new yorker and an american, i am more than happy to pay $2. these people should bitch about something else

  • Phxfire

    I can understand the emotional hurt of the families, but I also see that you can't operate any public access place without income. Two dollars is not that much that people will feel resentment when they have to pay. Better to pay the fee than to lose access because there is no way to maintain it.

    • Wendy

      Yes, Marie….that is exactly what I was thinking….let the public absorb the costs….victims families should enter free, whenever they want…..

  • MR J

    so all family members of those lost in other horrific national tragedies, wars, etc should never have to pay as well?

  • Ugh PA NYNJ

    I pay $13 to drive into the city everyday to the port authority. I have driven across much larger spans with a lot less traffic for 1/2. That is where the income can come from. It is sinful how much money they waste away. Or maybe they can use the rent money from those monster towers to pay for it.

  • Mike Springfield

    The Oklahoma City Murrah Memorial is funded by donations and the annual marathon. This year, it will have around 25,000 total entries. It is two weeks away and a lot of the volunteers are already hearing about the precautions being taken. We already had a some precautions in place because it is afterall a Marathon for a bombing. But rest assured this year's marathon will have multiple redundant security measures not seen in the previous decades. This marathon helps keep the OKC memorial free to all visitors. The only thing that costs is access to the museum. That's because it has a full time staff and a large building to maintain with no federal funds.

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