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Gamd1011
11-09-11, 02:32
According to a report by the Daily News, security issues and making sure that all of the victims’ families will be able to participate in the 10th anniversary of 9/11, contributed to first responders not being invited to the ceremony.

Phil, a construction worker at Ground Zero, says the city needs to figure out a way to have first responders at this anniversary.

“I think that they should be allowed to go because too many of their brothers and sisters lost their lives and they should be the first ones that are included,” he said. “They should make it happen. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people here who shouldn’t be here.”


First responders will be given a separate ceremony at a later date.

Both President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush will be at this year’s ceremony as well as former mayor Rudy Giuliani and other dignitaries, meaning extra security will be on hand.

In addition, only a limited number of lawmakers from the Tri-state area will be allowed to attend.

On Friday, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner said the government would be paying for representatives from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to attend the ceremony.

An estimated 91,000 police, firefighters and other first responders helped with the search and rescue efforts in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

[source] (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/08/13/report-911-first-responders-not-invited-to-10th-anniversary-ceremony-at-ground-zero/)

Weemanply109
11-09-11, 02:38
Can't we just have a general 9/11 discussion thread? :p

Interesting read, however. :pi:

Gamd1011
11-09-11, 02:39
^
That would simplify things... :pi:

jajay119
11-09-11, 02:45
No it wouldn't because everyone would be talking about different 9/11 related topics. If you don't wanna discuss it, don't come in.


And yes, they should be allowed to attend.

Catracoth
11-09-11, 02:47
That's a pity.

Gamd1011
11-09-11, 02:48
That's a pity.

Indeed

Tommy123
11-09-11, 02:52
Thats awful... :/

Draco
11-09-11, 03:41
They weren't invited ten years ago either, but they showed up anyway. I think they should do it again.

matrix54
11-09-11, 03:47
still with this issue? It was news the first time, a few years ago. Now, it's redundant.

They'll be there. If not physically, than mentally and emotionally. ;)

Ward Dragon
11-09-11, 04:16
I'm in a cynical mood tonight, so I wonder if there's something more to it. I heard on the news that the government discovered plans for more attacks on the computer of someone they just captured. If they had reason to expect another attack on the anniversary of 9/11 they'd certainly want the first responders somewhere else so they'd still be alive to deal with the emergency.

TRLegendLuver
11-09-11, 05:03
That's ridiculous. :mad:

sierra xb
11-09-11, 05:42
I'm in a cynical mood tonight, so I wonder if there's something more to it. I heard on the news that the government discovered plans for more attacks on the computer of someone they just captured. If they had reason to expect another attack on the anniversary of 9/11 they'd certainly want the first responders somewhere else so they'd still be alive to deal with the emergency.

I can see that as a possability, but if that is the case, then they should at least have representatives from fire, police, med services, etc. there at the ceremony...if true, it is idiotic to not invite at least some of them.

Ward Dragon
11-09-11, 05:48
I can see that as a possability, but if that is the case, then they should at least have representatives from fire, police, med services, etc. there at the ceremony...if true, it is idiotic to not invite at least some of them.

I'm probably giving too much credit to the ceremony organizers, assuming they would be cautious like that. It probably was a stupid slight against the first responders (just like not wanting to put the dead first responders on the memorial). Politics can be so aggravating.

innocentvenus
11-09-11, 06:41
I know it's for security reasons, especially since a "credible" threat was made and they would be needed...but a part of me wonders if the 9/11 Widows had something to do with it. They seem to have enough say with that site as it is.

Rai
11-09-11, 11:03
I must be tired or something because the first sentence in the article pasted in the op doesn't appear to make sense. :confused:

But they should be allowed to go. I suppose a seperate ceremony is better than nothing - if security really is an issue.

Dennis's Mom
11-09-11, 13:01
I don't think there's anything more to it than logistics. NYC has tens of thousands of first responders. There's tens of thousands of family members. They couldn't have both. They picked.