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Giuliani to read names on Sept. 11 anniversary, Bloomberg says

Giuliani to read names on Sept. 11 anniversary, Bloomberg says

Former New York mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will attend the sixth anniversary remembrance of the World Trade Center attack and will help read aloud the victims' names, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.
Bloomberg said in a radio interview that he had spoken with Giuliani a day earlier and that the former mayor and 2008 presidential candidate would be one of the dignitaries to participate in this year's roll call of the nearly 3,000 names of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The somber reading has been the centerpiece of the annual ceremony and has become a tradition for thousands of people who lost loved ones. Giuliani was the first reader at the first anniversary in 2002.
Bloomberg and Giuliani were on opposite sides of a disagreement weeks ago about where the ceremony would be held this year. Some relatives of victims were angered when the city decided to move the event from the west border of the 16-acre (6.5-hectare) trade center site to a plaza off the southeast corner because of the construction at the site.
Giuliani, on the campaign trail, said he sympathized with them and was saddened it would not be held in its usual place.
Bloomberg and the families worked out a compromise that still keeps the reading of the names in the new location but gives loved ones some minimal access to the bedrock at the bottom of the seven-story pit that once was the trade center's basement.


Updated : 2020-12-04 10:13 GMT+08:00