Patch's Poll: Do You Agree With the Decision to Ban Politicians from the 9/11 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.

Will Brady September 11, 2012 at 08:03 AM
Politicians, from all points on the political spectrum and from all parts of the world - have shown they are incapable of truly showing respect for those who have died. Fred Phelps' group should be banned as well.
Just my opinion September 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM
It isn't about Politicians it is about families. Families who lost loved ones.
Observor September 11, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I would draw a distinction between people who currently hold office and might be seeking to bolster their prospects for re-election and former office holders such as President Bush, Governor Pataki and Mayor Giuliani who were all directly involved in the events of that day. Mayor Giuliani nearly died that morning because he followed the emergency responders downtown.
Observor September 11, 2012 at 01:59 PM
On the other hand, is there anyplace from which Fred Phelps' group should not be banned?
jane September 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Observer- I agree with you on principle- but do you think past politicians or current ones could refrain from putting their plug in for their party? I say- at this point- its for families.


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