NYC Responders Not Invited

Ten years ago, hundreds of first responders, firefighters, police officers, and port authority officials weren’t invited to the World Trade Center towers. They weren’t invited to run up dozens of flights of stairs with their gear, with firefighting equipment. They weren’t invited to give up their lives on that day. But they went anyway. They all responded with one goal in mind, to save lives. So how does the city remember those people in a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks? By not inviting them again. According to CNN.com

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.

Well, Bloomberg must have a really good reason for keeping these people out, right?

“given the space constraints, we’re working to find ways to recognize and honor first responders, and other groups, at different places and times,” [Bloomberg spokesman Andrew] Brent said.

No space, huh? I’m sure those staircases they died in were plenty roomy too. I’m sure there was plenty of space under all that rubble they were trapped under and died in.
So we’ll just honor them at a different place and time. Hey guys, how’s the Tuesday before Halloween in Bryant Park work for you? The mayor might have a few minutes to spend and say thank you.
Everyone involved in this should be embarrassed. Shame on you.

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Tim
Tim
10 years ago

It’s also my understanding there will be no religious element to this event.
I wish they could poll the surviving families who will be in attendance
Bet all would rather have the first responders there and some prayers offered than being forced to listen to irrelevant politicians drone on and on.

michael
michael
10 years ago

They weren’t invited ten years ago either. They just showed up.

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
10 years ago

I have noticed that Memorial Day parades have become a showplace for politicians and fire engines. The “American Way”?

Bucket Chick
Bucket Chick
10 years ago

Does this mean that the actual first responders of that day were not allowed to attend – people who were there and worked and helped and were injured? If so, that’s awful! I had taken it to mean that you were not automatically going to be admitted simply because you were in a “first responder” profession (like, say, someone who had entered the ranks since then) because there were so many survivors and loved ones that had to be accommodated.

Tom Kenney
Tom Kenney
10 years ago

A tribute to the 343 members of FDNY who were murdered that day: Ten Seconds…Ten Years Ten years is a very short time A blink of an eye to God For us it’s been our eternal reward For those left behind, it’s been hard… Ten seconds is a very long time When that’s all you have left to live There’s time enough to make your peace But not time enough to give… …to give your sweetheart one more kiss Or to squeeze her oh so tight Not time to assure your kids Everything will be alright From the moment I began this job I’ve prepared myself for this day So now as He suddenly calls me home I already know the way I remember… Kaboom, kaboom, kaboom, kaboom Like a freight train bearing down I instantly knew how this would end That’s when I felt His peace surround… …surround my body, surround my soul Surround my brothers in arms I felt His love, like a giant cloak Sheltering us from harm While answering the call that day I saw the second plane It glided through the cloudless sky Then burst into fire-like rain It rained down fire, it rained down dust It rained down bodies, too It seemed no matter how we tried There was nothing we could do We knew the people trapped above The hole ripped into the tower Could never escape with their mortal lives Without the aid of His holy power I prayed that day, a silent prayer As I stepped inside the lobby I knew that without His intervention We’d be merely recovering bodies We began climbing the narrow stairs While others were heading out As we passed these frightened civilians Some began to shout… “God bless you, our brave firemen you’re heroes to us… Read more »

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
10 years ago

I didn’t listen to the proceedings. According to NPR there was an Islamic speaker. Great, “You break it, you own it”.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
10 years ago

I couldn’t be bothered to watch the midget megalomaniac Bloomberg patting himself on the back while showing incredible disrespect to the police,fire,and medical personnel who responded and the memory of so many who went into a deathtrap so they could rescue total strangers.
I hope if Bloomy ever needs EMT’s they get get stuck in traffic.
An Islamic speaker-the end of a perfect day,huh?

BobN
BobN
10 years ago

Well said, Michael.
Bloomberg behaves as though CAIR were paying him.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
10 years ago

During WW2 Bloomberg,like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,would have been a Judenrat.If you don’t know what that is,look it up.

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