No politicians will attend this year’s September 11 anniversary after families have expressed their concern that political struggles are hindering progress on the 9/11 Museum at the World Trade Center.
Family members were told that this year’s reading of victims will be “the exclusive focus of the program”. It was the first indication that the reading of the names would continue to be part of the ceremony as September 11 approaches, even though some family members protested after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had said that he wasn’t sure if the names should be read individually now that they are on display at the memorial at Ground Zero.
The President of the memorial foundation, Joe Daniels said: “The National September 11 Memorial is focused on honoring the victims and their families in a way free of politics, and this ensures that continues.”
This year, as other years, the observance will have six moments of silence (when each WTC Tower was hit and fell, and the times of the attack on the Pentagon and when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, PA.)
Noe I. for Windows of the World. Picture by @WTCProgress