Ban the usage of selfie sticks at the National September 11th Memorial in New York City.

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Many of the daily visitors to the 9/11 Memorial forget that they are standing on a mass grave that was the site of the world's worst terrorist attack. They take out selfie sticks and smile as they snap photographs of themselves standing on the spot where thousands perished.

When September 11th family members visit the 9/11 Memorial, they want to be in a peaceful atmosphere where they can properly grieve and remember their loved ones. Instead, they are met with tourists and others beaming from ear to ear as they snap selfies of themselves standing over the names of the dead.

The aim of this petition is to have a ban implemented on the usage of selfie sticks at the 9/11 Memorial.

As the cousin of one of the victims, Maria Percoco Vola, I ask if you will please consider this request so that Maria and the rest of those lost on 9/11 can be mourned and remembered in peace at the 9/11 Memorial without seeing people treating the site as a mere tourist attraction. I myself take pictures and post on social networks for people to understand what it's like to be at the 9/11 Memorial,
but not selfies. I also had two friends who were victims that day, Vito Deleo and Dorothy Chicchario.

Everyone likes to take pictures to keep as digital souvenirs to remember their vacations and trips. Simply photographing the beautiful memorial that has been constructed in remembrance of the victims of 9/11 does no harm. However, it is not acceptable for anyone to smile and take selfies as they stand in a massive cemetery. It's time people start showing some respect.

This petition has been set up in partnership with Kate from @911remembrance on Instagram. 

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