An American country club was forced to apologise after receiving backlash for its distasteful 9/11-themed menu.
The Clubhouse at Aquia Harbor in Stafford, Virginia, released its special menu for Patriot's Day on Facebook, featuring a 'Remember-tini', 'Flight 93 Redirect' and 'Pentagon Pie' – before receiving a barrage of backlash online for the menu.
The exclusive dining establishment also advertised '9-11 Oysters' and '2977 Chowder' – in a vile reference to the number of victims who died in the tragic suicide bombings of 2001.
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A manager the club took to Facebook on Tuesday (September 6) to apologise after receiving backlash for the menu, which has since been taken down.
Manager George White said: "I apologize for those I offended with the 9/11 seafood Sunday post.
"My intention was to bring attention to that horrific day 21 years ago," he continued. "To honor those who lost so much as well as those who gave everything that day.
"We will have a new theme tomorrow."
However, despite having removed the menu from social media, speedy social media users were able to capture the menu and share it on a private community group first.
"Hopefully they'll be properly shamed for this," one outraged Twitter user commented after seeing the menu.
And one bereaved woman who lost her husband to the tragedy on what would have been his 58th birthday was particularly outraged, telling the Daily Mail: "9/11 is about the lives lost and those who are sick from it, not about various 9/11-related food choices."
Another eagle-eyed critic observed that Stafford has a large population of Army veterans.
The exclusive golf club charges $1,035 (£900) for an annual membership for a family as well as regular community dues of $1,620 (£1,408) per year, and a $2,500 (£2,174) community initiation fee.
Located just 45 miles from Washington DC, it typically attracts a more well-to-do clientele.
White has since updated the menu to be football-themed, featuring the likes of 'Hot Defense' crab dip, 'Champs Chowder', 'Fumble Flounder', and a 'Touch Down-tini'.
The Daily Star has contacted The Clubhouse at Aquia Harbor for comment.
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