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08-16-11, 04:34 PM #1
First responders decry exclusion from 9/11 ceremonyThe first responders are not invited to this year's September 11 memorial ceremony at ground zero, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office confirmed Monday.
It's a painful insult for many of the approximately 3,000 men and women who risked their lives, limbs and lungs on that monumental day, puncturing another hole in a still searing wound.
In a statement, Bloomberg spokesman Andrew Brent said the commemoration ceremony is for the victims' families.
"While we are again focused on accommodating victims' family members, given the space constraints, we're working to find ways to recognize and honor first responders, and other groups, at different places and times," Brent said.
But first responder John Feal, founder of an advocacy group for the police officers, firefighters, civilian volunteers and others who worked at ground zero, assailed Brent's response, saying Bloomberg "lives in his own world."
08-16-11, 04:38 PM #2
They certainly weren't excluded from the site on 11 September 2011 and the days , weeks and months afterwards.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
08-16-11, 08:18 PM #3
If it weren't for the first responders, there would be a lot more victim's families he'd have to invite. And if I was a family member of a victim, I'd sure as hell want to thank the first responders in person.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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08-17-11, 02:06 AM #4
C'mon guys, this is about showcasing politicians. Quit confusing something you did, sometime back there in the ancient past as being important or memorable or something. Whatever.That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.
If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.
I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones
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08-17-11, 04:28 AM #5
What about the families of the first responders that died there? They too are victims of terrorism. And other first responders are their family.
Fuck that. I'd show up anyway. They can try dealing with the PR nightmare they'd get trying to turn me away at the gates.
08-19-11, 10:46 AM #6
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08-19-11, 12:44 PM #8
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