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.
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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