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Glen Allen man designed bin Laden dead t-shirts

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Osama Bin Laden's death has driven many to make a quick buck off the historic moment. There are pages of items up for sale already on Ebay.

One Glen Allen man designed a Bin Laden dead T-shirt, but said it's not about the money. For some, they'd rather remember what happened on Sunday, by honoring the victims of 9/11 at Parham and Quioccasin where a monument will be built.

Jason St. Peter said his shirt sends just as powerful a message.

The design is simple. The concept grew quickly.

"Probably 5 minutes after I heard the announcement," said St. Peter.

St. Peter, a graphic designer, served with the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2003, said it's not his intention to turn a huge profit or to be offensive.

"I'm a war veteran so it does hit me emotionally...personally.  It's one of those things I really wanted to sort of have something as a tribute to the day and how we all felt," said St. Peter.

NBC12's Facebook fans didn't hold back about the shirt.

"Capitalism at its worst," wrote one person.  Another wrote, "Tacky and tasteless."  Another posted, "I want one and will wear it proudly."

You won't find it on Ebay, where there are pages of Osama bin Laden death memorabilia.

Bruce Perretz's jaw dropped at the sight of it.

"It's hard to celebrate any death so I can't say I would wear that shirt," said Perretz.

The Freedom Flag Foundation President is one man behind the 9/11 monument project in Henrico County.

Perretz joined Richard Melito and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore in raising the Freedom Flag at the site.

"I think this is more appropriate as far as remembering that's just one part of it. To wear that, I'd rather remember this," said Melito, also with the Freedom Flag Foundation.

"I'm more interested in the protection of the people of the United States and Virginia," said Gilmore.

St. Peter printed only a few shirts, he was testing the waters on Craigslist. 

"I don't want to turn into a T-shirt vendor, I'd like to have it as a memory than a revenue generator," said St. Peter.

As for the 9/11 monument, the Freedom Flag Foundation is trying to raise $1.8 million  to build it at the intersection of Parham and Quioccasin roads in the West End.

The plan is to break ground on the 10th anniversary in September and complete it by the end of the year.

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