Firefighters to Miss 9/11 Ceremony
There is to be a ceremony in New York to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
On this date in 2001, the Twin Towers was attacked by terrorists, bringing them to the ground.
Thousands died, not only those who were in the building and its surrounds but also many of the “first responders” to the attack, Firemen, Police and other emergency services personnel.
Firemen and Police WILL NOT be invited to the ceremony.
According to the Mayor of New York, there is not room for them.
These first responders were not invited on 9/11 2001 either, but they all turned up and found room to risk their lives trying to reduce the number of deaths.
The ceremony should not just be to remember the dead but also to give thanks to those that saved lives on that dreadful day.
I can understand that families of those that lost their lives have been invited to attend and this can be no small number.
Surely though, the organizers should have and could have, ensured that there was space for these heroes. How many politicians, businessmen, bankers, celebrities and other VIPs will there be?
The first responders are the VIPs.
Every day these brave men and women put their lives on the line, trying to protect the public. It is rare that that same public recognize their heroism. On the one occasion that the truth of their bravery is openly displayed, for not only the City or country but for the world to see, its remembrance, they are not invited to.
The organizers say that there will be another ceremony at a later date for the first responders. What if they had turned up on a different date in 2001?
I am sure that if room was made for them, they would again turn up and unlike the politicians of the tri state area they would not ask to be paid to attend.
Mayor Bloomberg, it is a good and proper thing to have a remembrance ceremony, but get your priorities right.
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