On Sunday, the country will commemorate the 15-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl harbor in 1941 . And while there are plenty of ways to show one’s patriotism this week, building a 9/11 memorial out of soda cans definitely one of them.
Still, that didn’t stop a Walmart in Panama City, Florida from recently building a Coca-Cola display in the shape of the Twin Towers, with an American flag and the word’s “We Will Never Forget” written on a banner above.
According to BuzzFeed, a photo of the “memorial” was first posted online by a man named Shawn Richard, who was on vacation in Panama City when he saw the bizarre display of patriotism.
“We stopped and stared at it like, oh my god,” Richard told BuzzFeed. “Nobody seemed to be noticing it, it wasn’t very crowded, and I got the feeling that it had just been assembled. So we took some pics and went on our way.”
Unsurprisingly, Twitter wasn’t pleased with the idea of pairing a “rollback” savings deal with a tragedy that claimed more than 3,000 American lives.
According to the Orlando Weekly, the display was taken down shortly after Richard posted his photo online. Walmart claims that Coca-Cola generally comes up with the displays, and the the store simply approve which ideas it wants to use.
“This display was meant to honor local firefighters and to support their organization’s upcoming event,” Walmart said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize that anyone was offended or misunderstood its intent, and we have replaced the display.”
As Munchies points out, this isn't the first time that the Panama City Walmart has gotten a little too patriotic with their merchandising. The store reportedly once erected a giant tank made out of Bud Light for the Fourth of July, and created a giant eagle out of soda cans as a tribute to veterans.