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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 speak at the sixth anniversary remembrance of the World Trade Center attack, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.
Bloomberg said in a radio interview on WCBS that Giuliani would participate in this year's roll call of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Later, a spokesman clarified the mayor's remarks and said Giuliani would not recite the victims' names but instead would read a passage from a text, which has not yet been chosen. The recitation of the names will be done by firefighters, police officers and other rescue workers.
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.
Reading aloud all the names of the dead can take more than three hours. Interpersed among the names are readings by public officials and four moments of silence to mark the times when the two planes hit and the towers collapsed.


Updated : 2021-07-28 00:27 GMT+08:00