Future 9/11 ceremonies in N.Y. might not include reading of victims' names
The solemn reading of the names of the men, women and children who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is currently underway at the former World Trade Center site. And it could be the last time that victims are honored in such a manner.
With today's unveiling of the Sept. 11 Memorial on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the future of the site and how to honor victims has been under discussion.
On previous anniversaries, the names of the 2,753 victims who died at the World Trade Center have been read aloud at an annual memorial ceremony. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that could end after this year's ceremony.
“Some people have said, you know, we should go on forever. Some people have said change is good, and the subject’s come up a couple times, and I think we’ve said the foundation board will talk about this,” Bloomberg said last month during his weekly radio show. “We’ll talk to a lot of the family members and talk to a lot of the existing first responders and see what people think. And you’re never going to have unanimity. There will always be dissension.”
As might be expected, the news was immediately met with anger by some of the victims' families. Other relatives agree that change may be necessary, and say the new memorial may be enough. The memorial features two waterfalls and reflecting pools in the footprint of the fallen tours. The names of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day are inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the reflecting pools.
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Photo: President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, at left, join family members at the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press