Florida Walmart Under Fire for this 9/11 Tribute Display

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On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists took control of two commercial airplanes and flew them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A plane was also flown into the Pentagon. Passengers in a fourth plane, United 93, overpowered the terrorists after hearing about what happened in New York and flew the plane into the ground, preventing the Muslim terrorists from striking their fourth target.

With the 15-year anniversary of 9/11 only days away, management of Walmart in Panama City, Florida approved a display suggested by its Coca-Cola supplier in memory of the more than 3,000 lives taken away by Islamic terrorists.

The display consisted of an American flag as the backdrop made using red regular Coke, silver diet Coke, and the blue cans of Sprite. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center was built using Coke Zero packages. Above the display was a banner with a picture of the New York City skyline and the World Trade Center. The logos of Coca-Cola and Walmart were in the corner.

After outrage ensued following a BuzzFeed article, store management issued a statement of apology and removed the tribute display.

“We hold this moment in our country’s history in the highest regard, and there was nothing disrespectful intended by the display.”

The Coca-Cola distributor also apologized adding that the display was meant to also honor local firefighters and support an upcoming local event.

“We sincerely apologize that anyone was offended or misunderstood its intent, and we have replaced the display.”

What do you think? Was this tribute display to 9/11 using Coca-Cola products in bad taste and inappropriate or do you find nothing wrong with it and believe Walmart should not have issued an apology?

h/t ABC 15

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.
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