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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.

Kenneth Taylor September 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Its a day to remember the fallen, be them heros or loved ones, or "just" Americans who died as such. It is not a day to promote those in what has been to reduced to a popularity contest.
Richard Kiewlen September 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Politicans will take any opportunity to get free media exposure, this should not be one of those opportunities.
Concerned Citizen September 10, 2012 at 05:42 PM
This should be a day of remembrance. Nothing else. Everybody knows that no matter what the event is, having politicians there turns it into a campaign event, especially during this time of year. Allowing politicians to use this event as a tool for themselves is simply insulting to those we are honoring.
Linda Ingmanson September 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I agree with you, Concerned. I couldn't have said it better.

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