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  • 10 May 2014, 22:33

Protest As 9/11 Remains Return To Ground Zero

Remains of unidentified 9/11 victims have returned to the World Trade Center site in a solemn procession, despite the protests of some of the victims' families.

The remains were moved from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Manhattan's East Side at the procession on a foggy morning, accompanied by a police motorcade.

A dozen firefighters stood in the cool breeze saluting the vehicles as they arrived at the site.

The remains - thousands of pouches containing fragments of bone - will be kept in an underground repository in the same building as the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

Critics say the remains should be stored in an above-ground monument separate from the museum.

A group of victims' relatives staged a protest during the transfer, some wearing black bands over their mouths.

One held a sign saying: "A Museum Is Not A Cemetery".

"I don't know how much of him is down here; if it's one little inch, I want it treated respectfully," said Rosemary Cain, referring to the son she lost in the attack.

"I want it above ground. I don't want it to be part of a museum. I don't want it to be part of a freak show."

The repository will be available for family visits but will be overseen by the medical examiner.

Officials hope that improvements in technology will eventually lead to the identification of the 7,930 fragmentary remains.

Other relatives, who also were at the ceremony, have supported the decision, saying the repository is an appropriate resting place.

The death toll stemming from the attacks at the World Trade Center stands at 2,753. Of those, 1,115, or 41 percent, have not been identified.