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Patch's Poll: Do You Agree With the Decision to Ban Politicians from September 11 Ceremony?

The annual memorial in New York won't include any appearances by elected officials this year.

On the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks last year, President Barack Obama read a psalm at the former World Trade Center site during the annual memorial ceremony.

Former President George W. Bush, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also participated last year. But this year, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum announced that elected officials would be barred from speaking, according to the New York Times.

The memorial “is focused on honoring the victims and their families in a way free of politics, and this ensures that continues,” said Joseph C. Daniels, the president of the memorial and museum, in a statement released this summer.

Since elected officials such as then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani played such an important role in the aftermath of the attacks, should they be allowed to speak at the annual commemoration, or did the memorial group make the right choice?

Take our poll and include your thoughts in the comments.

Bill Maune September 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Sorry, Mayor Guiliani
Andrew Ziemba September 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM
You are right, he should be exiled and jailed!
Stockbridge Truslow September 11, 2012 at 02:19 PM
How soon we forget. Last year, dozens of families who lost people in 9/11 were kept out of the ceremonies to make room for the politicians, swarms of extra reporters, security and the like for 10th anniversary of this horrible event. There was a huge uproar about this, as their should have been. In order to save face for keeping parents away from the site of their children's deaths it was agreed that politicians would stay away and give them plenty of room this year. The fact that this question is even coming up - and that no one seems to remember this agreement and huge issues it caused last year is disturbing. Either we, as a society (and aided by the media), have totally lost our short term memories or we are just a bunch of self absorbed creeps who don't bother to worry about anything unless it directly affects us. Either way - it doesn't bode well for us. How can we remember 9/11/01 if we can't even remember 9/11/11?
Andrew Ziemba September 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Unfortunately 9/11 was all about politics from the start. To the government and their NWO agenda, the death of a few thousand innocent Americans means nothing to them. It was a small price to pay to advance their agenda as quickly and easily as they have since 9/11. The worst part of all of this is the fact that so many Americans are in denial of the truth about 9/11 and what it means for us as a country. The best way to honor those who were murdered on 9/11 is to hold those accountable (our government) and to help those who are now suffering greatly (the rescue workers). Instead of helping, the government has tried to sweep them under the rug. The government has said time and time again that what people call "world trade center lung" has nothing to do with 9/11 and is simply coincidence. Anyway, what use is remembering a fictitious story? We should be remembering who allowed this to happen, why they allowed it to happen, and why they were allowed to get away with it. We should then make sure they never do anything like this ever again and punish those accountable with treason.
Kathy Freese September 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
If politicians could muzzle themselves and attend and speak only in selfless compassion for the 9/11 survivors and families. that would be good. Unfortunately, since the majority of them cannot restrain themselves, the ones who could have, must also be sidelined. The exclusion was a good one, and should be made permanent policy.

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