The Titanic museum was slammed last week for holding two memorial services for the five men killed in the catastrophic implosion. The dead were five passengers aboard the OceanGate Titan submersible. The dead included OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, British billionaire Hamish Harding and French diver Paul. Henry Nargeolet with Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman.
The two most recent ceremonies were held at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri. Both museums are owned by John Josyln, who was part of the team that went to explore the wreck of the Titanic in 1987. Their journey was famously televised at the time. Paul Henry also took part in the voyage.
Speeches were delivered during the ceremony and wreaths were laid. The room where they were held commemorates the more than 1,500 people who lost their lives in the 1912 Titanic tragedy.
“We honor the 2,208 passengers who were aboard the Titanic every day,” museum employee Jamie Terrell told KY3. “Their legacy will be their memory. We are honored to be ambassadors for this. Today we added five more names.”
Social media users believe that the passengers on the Titan died after making bad decisions, a tragedy that cannot be compared to the Titanic disaster. “Why are they getting credit? What did they do other than make bad decisions,” wrote one Twitter user. Another said: “Don’t really know why they are being honored, they signed a waiver mentioning death three times. Did the people on the Titanic sign a waiver I don’t know about?” “There is no comparison to the victims on the Titanic and the decisions of these 5 people should not have been part of this tragedy in any way,” the user said.
“Interesting. Did the Titanic crew/passengers also have to sign a phonebook sized waiver?” said one user, while another wrote, “I have sympathy for these families but they don’t deserve it They hold commemorative events.”