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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.

Mark Kalina September 10, 2012 at 04:25 PM
If they are not allowed to speak, presumably they can be there, remember and pay their respects as citizens?
charles September 10, 2012 at 08:54 PM
If a regular citizen can attend the ceremonies, why can't politicians? They are citizens too, and deserve to be in attendance. If anything, 9/11 was monumental in politics, since everyone, Democrat or Republican, came together.
Jim G. September 10, 2012 at 09:41 PM
The only reason for them not to attend is because they would draw media attention just for their presence. I'd say any elected official not running for re-election could attend without it being an issue, but those currently running should voluntarily stay away to keep a separation between campaigning and commemoration.
ddflip September 11, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Yes, but with one caveat - honor those who played an active role, such as Mayor Giuliani. The event is to honor the fallen not to allow a politician free publicity. Even if a current candidate were to simply attend, the media would be focused on them, not the memorial services
Amwood September 11, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Best idea ever.

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