First responders not invited to 9/11 10th anniversary ceremony

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First responders not invited to 9/11 10th anniversary ceremony

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/08/16/new.york.911.memorial/index.html

The first responders are not invited to this year's September 11 memorial ceremony at ground zero, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office confirmed Monday.

It's a painful insult for many of the approximately 3,000 men and women who risked their lives, limbs and lungs on that monumental day, puncturing another hole in a still searing wound.

In a statement, Bloomberg spokesman Andrew Brent said the commemoration ceremony is for the victims' families.

"While we are again focused on accommodating victims' family members, given the space constraints, we're working to find ways to recognize and honor first responders, and other groups, at different places and times," Brent said.

What are your thoughts on this? Should they have been invited?

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What bugs me is "we're working to find ways to recognize and honor first responders, and other groups, at different places and times." They should have planned both events at the same time if they were going to exclude the first responders.

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Very sad. Sad They should have chosen a venue that could accomodate the victims' families AND the first responders. Is Madison Square Garden booked that day? Yankee Stadium not big enough? Hold one big memorial ceremony for everyone in the morning, and then schedule a series of smaller groups to come through Ground Zero throughout the day for their own intimate remembrances.

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Are they not invited, or were they told not to come? After reading the article, I am confused. It starts out by saying they are not invited. Then there are a bunch of first responders quoted as saying that this way to remember and mourn has been taken from them, etc. But then it states that they have never been invited! Not in the last 9 years, but if they go they are welcomed. So how is this year different? Have they been told that they will be turned away at the gate? I just dont get how this is news, or really what the issue is, because the way the article explains it, it is not different then it has been for the last 9 years. Unless I missed something?

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It sounds like they were told that they weren't welcome this time whereas before they just weren't invited. I'm sure with two past presidents attending the security will be a little higher. I think it's kind of silly to have any occasion to commemorate 9/11 and invite victim's families, but not those who actually saved lives that day. If my husband or I died overseas and the person who saved others in that situation wasn't invited to some fancy ceremony, but the surviving spouse was, I'd think a little less of the person in charge of the planning of the ceremony.

also-I respect them and what they did, but why anyone would want to attend this is beyond me. I personally like to grieve in peace and hate memorial ceremonies, so it's hard for me to understand being upset about missing this particular ceremony. It's going to be hot, people are going to blab on and on and repeat themselves, I can't imagine the parking/transportation issues, and it's got to be high on the hit list for crazy people.

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I think that's horrible if they were told not to come. While many of them may not have lost actual family members, many of their colleagues perished. Those people were like family to them.

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"Spacers" wrote:

Very sad. Sad They should have chosen a venue that could accomodate the victims' families AND the first responders. Is Madison Square Garden booked that day? Yankee Stadium not big enough? Hold one big memorial ceremony for everyone in the morning, and then schedule a series of smaller groups to come through Ground Zero throughout the day for their own intimate remembrances.

I agree. The fact is that the reason the first responders were there in the first place was to help the victims. They are inextricably tied together by this sad bond. And I would think that the healing process would be made a little easier by joining these groups together to share in the memory of those they were able to help as well as those that were lost. Each and every one of the victims and the responders has touched each other's lives and that will remain so all the days of their lives.

To separate them seems, well, out of emotional synch to me.

There will be some who choose to grieve separately - that is anyone's choice to make. But to disallow the joining of these grief pools I think is presumptuous and a bit thoughtless.

I wonder - how do the victim's families feel about the separation?

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Agreed with all the above. It is an insult for them not to be invited, they were there risking their lives to save many, many people...and many of them died as a result as well. They most certainly should be invited. I'm surprised they haven't been invited in the past years either, but to completely block them off this year is crazy.

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If they're holding the memorial at ground zero and there's not enough room to accomodate anyone except the victim's families, then I can understand that. That being said, I don't agree with them holding the memorial in any place that doesn't accomodate anyone and everyone who risked their life on that tragic day. They should hold it in Madison Square Garden or something to that affect. Maybe they should hold both, that way no one's feelings are hurt in any way...