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Some Families Protest Move of Unidentified 9/11 Victims' Remains to WTC Site

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The unidentified remains of the victims of the September 11th attacks have been moved to their permanent home at the World Trade Center site, a controversial move for some family members. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

In the early rainy morning hours, a solemn procession made its way from the Medical Examiners office in Kips Bay to the World Trade Center Site.

Two coffins draped in American Flags carried the unidentified remains of the victims of the September 11th attacks.

Eileen Walsh lost her son in the attacks.

"It is like someone passing away all over again," she said.

"You see a flag-draped coffin taking these remains to where they are going to rest," said Charles Wolf, husband of one of the victims.

The coffins were carried through the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum to an underground repository in the same building where they'll be permanently housed.

Only family members of the victims will be allowed access, along with forensic scientists who continue to do DNA testing on the remains.

"Until my dying day, I am going to oppose it," Walsh said.

Several family members of the victims silently protested the location.

They're concerned the repository—located at bedrock level—may be prone to flooding, and they don't want it in the museum.

Alexander Santora, the father of a victim of the 9/11 attacks, expressed dismay over the move.

"This is a dog and pony show. You don't think tour guides are going to be saying, 'Behind this wall are remains of eleven [hundred] people that have never been identified.'? That is absolutely ludicrous," he said.

"When I saw them—with military people carrying them in, there were flag-draped coffins. I thought to myself, 'what hypocrisy you have for the media and for the world.' You have this military, honorable funeral type of procession. Meanwhile, they are going in to this ignominious place. They are hypocrites," said Sally Regenhard, the mother of another victim.

Other family members say this location is exactly what they want.

"I was proud. I was glad this is happening. I did not want it derailed. I did not want any false babble, if you will" said Wolf.

The family members of the victims who are against housing the remains in the repository say they will continue to fight until a better solution is reached.

Meanwhile the museum is set to open on May 21.

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