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.

Daria Novak September 11, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Lately politics is very negative and divisive in America. It is not healthy and shouldn't be supported during a 9-11 ceremony. We have to start thinking of ourselves as "Americans" again and not by some small splinter of a group to which we belong. After this November we MUST come together as a nation and work to resolve our challenges.
Michael Galwey September 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM
American politic's, I believe is becoming our biggest's National embarrassment,and we as the people should take a hard look on what is transpiring all over the political spectrum. Im for voting ALL of congress out in one shot to start !
Maureen Lopes September 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I just heard on NPR that several families attending the ceremony this morning in NYC were grateful not to have politicians present and speeches. It was a more comforting time for the families to be together, more personal. I respect whatever choice works for the families.
megmcg September 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I can't say it better than Maureen, I too respect whatever choice works for the families.
melinda tillie September 11, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Whatever the families want is the way of ceremonies on this day should be respected. For the politicians there is tomorrow.


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