Giuliani: Recorded Reading of 9/11 Victim Names Is ‘Disgraceful’

Date: 2020-09-11 19:45:52

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Americans commemorated 9/11 Friday as a new national crisis reconfigured anniversary ceremonies, dividing some victims’ families over coronavirus precautions, and presidential campaigns carved a path through the observances.

In New York, victims’ relatives gathered Friday morning for split-screen recorded reading of names at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza at the World Trade Center and another on a nearby corner, set up by a separate 9/11-related organization.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told reporters that the recorded reading is “disgraceful” and called it “part of the movement of denial.”

Giuliani also took a moment to say that the rescue workers who ran into the building on Sept. 11, 2001 gave their lives and should not be “defunded” as the struggle for racial equality in the city plays out.

Memorial leaders said the change for the 19th anniversary of the attacks was a coronavirus-safety precaution. The anniversary of 9/11 is a complicated occasion in a maelstrom of a year, as the U.S. grapples with a health crisis, searches its soul over racial injustice and prepares to choose a leader to chart a path forward.

Still, 9/11 families say it’s important for the nation to pause and remember the hijacked-plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, at the Pentagon in Washington and near Shanksville in 2001, shaping American policy, perceptions of safety and daily life in places from airports to office buildings.

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