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Firefighters to Miss 9/11 Ceremony

Updated on October 11, 2011

Twin Towers


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.



Invited Guests

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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      jkchandra 6 years ago

      I agree with Peter Lumetta! Next time Bloomberg is getting a fire, call the politicians, celebs, and vips to risk there lives to save others.....Fat Chance! Why can't people use there brains. Rafken, you're right about the fact that these fire fighters and EMS crews/police risked there lives and died trying to save others. Koodos to you too for publishing this article because people need to that 'credit should be given where credit is due'. I'm gonna put this link on facebook along with a few of my hubs dedicated to 9/11.

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      American View 6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      This has turned into nothing more than a political event, a camaign event. Hell, Bloomberg even invited a German dignatary to be there. Really/ Where was he when me and my brothers wee doing our job? Home eating strudal and potato pancakes is where. Obama has to be there this year. What was his excuse for refusing the last 3 invitations he was sent? Can you say Campaigning? It is digusting they pull this crap not only on the first responders, but the clergy that were there, all the workers that cleared the pile, all the volunteers who were there, the red cross and more.

      And for those of you coming late to the party, Bloomberg has filed several suits to make sure the first responders do not get medical. His position this event is not covered as a work place accident. Remember 2012, we can show then all who we feel about their actions and policies

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Such a horrific and sad day, I think those that sacrificed will forever be remembered as heroes regardless of any other factors. But you're right, extra care should be given to ensure all are included in any memorials, especially in the ground zero area.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Bloomberg should hang his head in shame. He has completely hijacked this day of remembrance and it is disgusting. Let those involved decide how the ceremony should be, not the mayor.

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Douglas - I know what you say is true but that does not excuse them from not giving those of you, that may have wanted to, a chance to pay their respects to fallen brothers and sisters.

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      Douglas R. Tull Jr. 6 years ago from felicity

      As a fireman I can say that none of us do our job for the recognition or the ceremonies, as a matter of fact we hate the whole politic game of events where we are expected to "kiss" up to the politicians. We prefer to do our job because we love our community.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Next time there is a fire have Bloomberg call the politicians and celebs to put it out, see what happens. This is a National embarassment, they give press to the clergy that was not invited but not the first responders! The national press is a disgrace also. They are towing the line of the Mayor and the President who both don't deserve to be there. Tell these clowns this is not a campaign stop! This is supposed to be a remembrance of that day and respect, not a photo op. Good man Rafken, they desrve to get what they deserve, nothing! Peter