9/11 First Responders Not Invited To 10th Anniversary Ceremony At Ground Zero

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — First responders will not be invited to this year’s 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero. That’s the word from city officials who say there isn’t enough room for the tens of thousands of firefighters, police and other rescue workers.

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According to a report by the Daily News, security issues and making sure that all of the victims’ families will be able to participate in the 10th anniversary of 9/11, contributed to first responders not being invited to the ceremony.

Phil, a construction worker at Ground Zero, says the city needs to figure out a way to have first responders at this anniversary.

“I think that they should be allowed to go because too many of their brothers and sisters lost their lives and they should be the first ones that are included,” he said. “They should make it happen. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people here who shouldn’t be here.”

First responders will be given a separate ceremony at a later date.

Both President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush will be at this year’s ceremony as well as former mayor Rudy Giuliani and other dignitaries, meaning extra security will be on hand.

In addition, only a limited number of lawmakers from the Tri-state area will be allowed to attend.

On Friday, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner said the government would be paying for representatives from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to attend the ceremony.

An estimated 91,000 police, firefighters and other first responders helped with the search and rescue efforts in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

What do you think about first responders not being invited? Sound off below in our comments section…

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  1. Dacy C says:

    Keep on showing because it is people like U U UUU that keeps this world going not the inconsiderate government BS that runs on Politically correct awareness So Keep on doing what you are doing……..and smile because you know who’s watching. In the end it ALL comes out.

  2. Jana Michel Cahill says:

    Why are We, the Taxpayers, agreeing to this? Let’s vote these politicians who are making these kinds of decisions out of office!

  3. Kayla Pepper says:

    FIRST RESPONDERS needs to be at the 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 and NOT POLITICANS. I didn’t hear of any politicans saving lives on that fateful day. I watched the tv and seen FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS run toward the DANGER. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT PUTS THIER LIVES ON THE LINE ON A DAILY BASES TO SAVE COMPLETE STRANGERS. Politics need to be left out of this completely. POLITICANS DON’T NEED TO BE THERE FROM PLACES.
    GOVERNMENT, YOU ARE A BUNCH OF MORONS FOR NOT INVITING THE HEROS OF 9/11.

  4. Sharona Carluso says:

    THEY WERE’NT INVITED 10 YEARS AGO BUT THEY SHOWED UP!!!!!!

    1. Tina Shaw says:

      Actually, the moment the tones dropped, they WERE invited. It’s called “doing our job”.

    2. Mark Galbraith says:

      They really weren’t invited. They were called. What makes them different is when they are called up, most people are running away from danger; they run towards it. They deserve our respect, our praise, and our thanks. They seem to be getting disrespected by the city government. Let’s hope the citizens of NYC let these heroes know they are appreciated.

  5. Kimberly Pepper says:

    I’m sorry, this is completely stupid. First responders should be allowed to attend the real ceremony. NOT one at a later date. This is not right because it is telling all frist responders that their sacrafices do not matter. They are pointless and victims and theif families matter along with those who are considered “important” people of the government. If you have to pay someone to attend, then you do not have your priorities in line. This makes me feel that being a police officer does not matter if no one in power wants to take notice about what goes on. (I am going to be training to become a police officer.)

  6. James R. Mireles says:

    If they can’t open it up to all first responders (and I understand the desire to afford the family members space) then perhaps there should be some accomodation.

    I suggest inviting a random selection of 343 current or retired NY Firefighters and the appropriate number of other lost first responders to represent the dead. Give them honor in the place where their comrades fell.

    Regards,

    James R. Mireles
    Houston, TX

  7. Alice Harper says:

    I don’t recall the 1st responders being ‘invited’ on 9/11….seems I recall that they came, they sacrificed, some lost their lives…..they saved lives, and gave and gave and gave……not invited……what have we come to?

  8. Brian Zasso says:

    THIS IS PATHETIC,THEY WERE THERE WHEN NEEDED AND LOST ALOT OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS,TRYING TO SAVE PEOPLE.THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG IN THIS CONTRY.I GUESS WE SHOULD HAVE A DAY TO HONNOR THEM AND MAKE IT A NATIONAL HOLIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!AND IF YOU HAVE TO BE PAID TO GO DONT GO..

  9. Douglas Tisdale says:

    As a paramedic myself, I can say that the payback we get for helping others is seeing and hearing the gratitude of others for a job well done. This is simply the same disrespect that has invaded our government and until we stand up for ourselves it will continue.

    1. robin johnson says:

      You all are not commended enough for all the Heroic things that you do each and every day. You go out to help the ones in need and also put yourselves in danger in that process. Thanks for all you do.

      This Ceremony will truly be upsetting if those who were there putting there lives on the line during America’s time of need are not there too.

  10. J Walker says:

    First of all the first responders should be the first on the list of first attenders. Second they do not need to pay anyones expenses to show up. Those who work for the gov make enough money they can pay for their own way up, over or down there… If anyone should get paid to be there it should be the first responders for the hell they went through that day. We the tax payers have felt the impact of 9\11 and we do not need to feel it anymore. We have lost to many soldiers and to much money to be worried about how gov people are going to get there. And to all the first responders I have one thing to say just show up and be apart of the biggest family there is and enjoy your day cause if anyone deserves it you guys and gals do. Pulled from another post ” you were not invited to ground zero when it happened you just showed up” so what says you cant just show up again… My whole family loves you all for what you gave and what you lost… All gave some and some gave all…..

  11. randi gorelick says:

    POLITICIANS attending but not first responders? What kind of a lame idiot are you Mayor Bloomberg? THEY were not invited the first time…..they just showed up. HOW DARE you invite politicians over these brave men and women who gave their lives to help others. HOW DARE YOU! This is NO place for politicians ……..NO place there is NO room there. That’s a place for families and the first responders to be to mourn/remember their losses.

  12. Sandra Gustchen says:

    My thought is for the politicians to give up their spots for first-responders.

    What if President Obama, for example, didn’t attend the ceremony but instead announced that he would be attending one being conducted at the same time but elsewhere (like maybe at his local church?) to make room for others. Just think of how many people would be able to attend without all the secret service agents and hangers-on not taking up space.

    I think that would be the right thing to do.

  13. Lynne Smith says:

    First responders not invited, or worse asked not to attend! Senators and Representatives getting a free ride? Outrageous. It’s wrong. Just plain wrong. Those folks put their life on the line for NYC.

  14. Renee says:

    It’s time to put 911 in the history book, remembering yet never forgetting. The first responders are the hero’s and if there is a ceremony is should be in their honor, and any other state that sent rescuers. Families need to heal and put closure, how do you heal when every years you see a reenactment of the attack, with pictures, names, tears etc. Some of the families don’t attend anymore do to the pain it causing themselves and children. This should be in honor of those who lived in ground zero for months as we honor our military, the fallen hero’s and those that made it. It should be an honor being invited, but when you need to be paid to attend, then you are coming for all the wrong reasons. This ceremony is about and in honor of the many lives lost, during this attack on American soil. 411 rescuers firefighter, police and emergency crew died and they are like family, and should be there to honors their own. Those invited should pay their own way; we know money isn’t their problem.

  15. Anna Andersson says:

    geez… talk about complete lack of respect. everyone that ended up IN that mess, survivors or rescuers deserve to be treated as if what happened matters.. the magnitude of what happened frightened and worried and made people all over the world sad. those that ended up going in to this mess especially deserves all respect you can show them, they must have felt what most everyone else around the planet felt knowing about this.. and instead of running for cover or freezing up.. they went IN to this, some of them might not have realized the magnitud of what would happen, but some must have figured it COULD happen, and they still went in there! theyre the real heroes if there ever was any and i agree, they deserve to be included.. or at least asked if they want to be involved and given a chance to say yes… before theyre exluded.

  16. Lovie says:

    There are 90,000 first responders. Where the hell would they fit? That is almost double the capacity of Yankee stadium. Can the victims’ families not have a day of memoriam? Even if there was room for first responders, wouldn’t they want their families with them? Where would the families of 90,000 people fit? The memorial museum has barely enough room to accommodate the victims families on 9/11. Should they be rushed remembering their loved ones? First responders are alive. yes, they are heroes but surely they should understand the families of the victims deserve to be the first to touch and see the memorial and be the first to be on the hallowed ground where their loved ones perished.

    1. Cathy says:

      @ Lovie…you ask “Where would the families of 90,000 people fit? The memorial museum has barely enough room to accommodate the victims families on 9/11.” Hundreds of the victims WERE the first responders & their families have the right to remember their loved ones at the memorial on the 9/11 anniversary. Its just not about the civilians who so tragically died that day.

  17. Gwen says:

    I think they are being left out because they know what really happened that day. The powers that be need to keep them from being in the spotlight. We need a new investigation into what really happened that day. I dont believe the official account. Too many unanswered questios. What happened to building seven?

  18. gduarte says:

    To the many men and women who responded to the bombing – from all over the country – THANK YOU. YOU HAVE MY HEART AND ADMIRATION. To the politicians who can’t pay their own way and have to be invited – Well, forget you! Remember, voters, to make note of who we have to PAY to attend. Make sure they don’t get re-elected and be sure they know why. Next time there’s a disaster, CALL THEM. Everybody else stay home.

  19. Heather Helt Koch says:

    Heather Helt Koch ‎343 Firemen and 23 police officers died that day. There are not many who understand the closely knit bond that firefighters have with one another, nor do they understand the bond between police officers, or EMS and other entities that respond to a crisis, an emergency, or a disaster. Their bond that each entity has is more tightly woven than the finest tapestry ever made. They see more of each other than their own families. Firemen run INTO the flames, not away; Police officers RESPOND to the report of shots fired, they don’t drive the opposite direction; They respond to the scene of wrecks with the injured, they don’t run the other way. The invitations of the politicians should be cancelled and EVERY SINGLE FIREMAN,POLICE OFFICER,PORT AUTHORITY OFFICER and any other enitity that responded on 9/11 should be allowed to attend. The politicians should line the streets and salute these brave souls as they desire to pay homage to their fallen.PLEASE REPOST, call your congressman or whatever it takes.

    1. Jennifer says:

      THANK YOU! I definitely agree. I great up in a emergency services family and are a firefighter myself. I KNOW how tight the bonds are. These people are our family, no matter what.

    2. L. Church says:

      Well said!

  20. msbandit says:

    Yes I agree with you Debbie. Obama and the other potiticians shoud stay away. Victims, first responders should all be included. And the worst part is the government expects us to pay for all of the politicians to go. We the tax payers are the ones who finance the government and we can not afford to pay for their trips or anyting else. They all make larger checks than we do and they need to pay for themselves and stop taking our money away from us. They did not earn our money we did so it is ours not theirs.

  21. Loretta Evans says:

    Totally wrong!!!! These men and woman some lost their lives and others their health. This is a BAD joke!!. Paying for gov’t employees to be there…no wonder we are in debt. The first responders wont need to be paid to be there. They (First Responders) should be given priority along with family memebers. Not gov’t employees or even the Presdient. I dont recall Pres. Bush or the mayor beoing there cleaning up on day one

  22. Raquel Bunn says:

    “at a later date”…the first responders didn’t arrive at a later date in 2001!!

  23. Jake says:

    Jon–(Looks like the majority decision is to let the first responders attend. Think that will change anything? Oh wait I forgot we don’t live in a democracy anymore and our thoughts and concerns don’t matter.)
    We never DID live in a democracy. It’s a democratic republic. That’s the way the founding fathers set it up. For a reason.

  24. bill says:

    there was billions and billions of dollars collected for families of victims and first responders. enough to make everyone of them a millionaire yet most saw just enough to cover the funeral
    Where is the rest of the money.

  25. bill says:

    just shows how politicians don’t think right
    bet many rich and famous people who had nothing to do with it will be there
    to politicians this is just another photo opp
    would be real nice if Bush or Obama or even Giulini would refuse to go without the first responders present my opinion would go up allot for that politician.

  26. bill says:

    there should not even be a ceremony considered without the first responders

  27. Carmen Shaw says:

    OMG! I’m beyond words right now! Why are ppliticians from other cities allowed to go when the people that risk their lives and spend countless hours at the scene NOT INVITED!

  28. DG says:

    911 was indeed an historical and frightening event. If it had not been for the very brave, unselfish Police, Fire, and EMS force (not to mention all other survivors and onlookers) many many more people would have died. It IS a slap in their faces to NOT include them in the ceremony. There isn’t even mention of them being represented! Our government spends way too much time and money on making sure they look good…..but if it were not for the regular people doing their everyday jobs, where indeed would we be?!?!?!?!?

  29. Eva says:

    Unbelievable…that’s all I can say here.

  30. Karen says:

    This is the biggest slap in the face I have ever seen. Yes, the family memebers of the victims should be there, but so should the rescue workers. My uncle was one of the fire fighters who died that day and he would tell you that every one of the other rescue workers there that day was family. They didn’t have to be there 10 years ago, but they SHOULD be at least given the chance to be there this year.

  31. john boudreau says:

    Dont care .. if they truly want to pay there respects then pay there own way up .. this isn’t a campaign stop …..

  32. Lis Rix, Ireland says:

    They must be joking. I am sure there would have been many more victims if these brave men and women didn’t put their own lives at risk to save others. Somebody has defenately got the wrong end of the stick.
    THINK AGAIN.

  33. Furious EMT says:

    As an EMT this is just another slap in the face. Budgets for Police, Fire and EMS are all being cut. I am interested to see how well the law makers like it when they have to wait for help to show up when its them or someone who they care about need it. Budget issues aside this is just wrong. They wanted to make sure there is space for the victims families, I would argue that the EMS, Fire and Police families should be invited as they lost family members that day too while their brothers and sisters were saving the lives of others. Yah there might be security issues, big deal. The first responders were there running towards the disaster when others were running away. I feel for my brothers and sisters in NYC who were not invited and were given such blatant disrespect 10 years after their heroic acts. This is just wrong. There is no other way to say it.

  34. ALLAN J SIMMONS says:

    I wasn’t sent an invitation on that day or subsequent days but spent many hours and days there. This is an insult. Send the politicians who come for photo credit packing.

  35. Katie B. says:

    This makes me sick. How about all the high rollers not show up and let the guys that deserve to be there actually participate.

  36. Brian McCaffrey says:

    If nothing else, they should have the separate ceremony for the 1st Responders ahead of anything else for “dignitaries”. Like a military ceremony, let the men and women directly connected with the brave heroes that passed on that day have their private time first. Politicians, presidents and dignitaries can wait in line! As Dennis Leary said, the first responders weren’t invited on 9/11/01 either…..they just showed up…

  37. CECELIA, FLORIDA says:

    THEY ARE PAYING FOR POLITICIANS AND LAWMAKERS FROM OTHER STATES, BUT CANT ALLOW THE FIRST RESPONDERS THAT WERE THERE OR CONNECTED TO THOSE WHO WERE TO BE THERE WHAT THE HELL IS THAT. SOUNDS LIKE BS TO ME. LEAVE OUT OF STATE LAWMAKERS AND ANY OTHER NON INVOLVED PARTY OUT OF IT LET THE REAL HEROES AND THOSE CONNECTED TO THEM CELEBRATE. I CAN GUARANTEE THE “CEREMONY AT A LATER DATE” WONT BE THE SAME IF IT HAPPENS AT ALL! THIS MAKES ME ASHAMED TO BE AN AMERICAN WHEN WE CANT EVEN SHOW RESPECT AND GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO DESERVE IT INSTEAD OF THE BLOW HARDS THAT ARE PAID TOO MUCH!!!!!!

    1. Jeanne Shearer says:

      VERY WELL STATED…THANKYOU VERY MUCH! ALMOST COULD NOT HAVE STATED THAT BETTER..EXCEPT I CONSIDER THEM ALL A BUNCH OF LOW-LIFE BRAINLESS WONDERS!

    2. Jeanne Shearer says:

      TY CECELIA…….I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN NEW YORK, AND I CAN TELL YOU…..I AM NO LONGER PROUD OF THAT FACT…….FLORIDA RULES, THANK GOD I ENDED UP THERE AS AN ADULT…….THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL, THANKS TO OBAMA AND THE GOVERNMENT IN NEW YORK…….NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LIVE TO SEE THE DAY WHEN THIS COUNTRY REVOLVES AROUND COLD BLODDED, BLACK HEARTED…….MONEY HUNGRY, POWER LUST SCABS THAT RULE OUR STATES AND OUR COUNTRY!

      1. Jeanne Shearer says:

        OOPS SORRY LITTLE TYPO THERE……….BLOODED……..

  38. Linda Marie Vann-Ferraioli says:

    Really? But if there is a major incident there again this 9/11 will they then be invited to help out and clean up? what a sad place it is when the government decides that these people who would give their lives for this country are treated like red headed step children, SHAME SHAME SHAME. I sure hope this ramdom act of hate.
    THIS SOUNDS LIKE A HATE CRIME TO ME! Public “servent” can not celebrate with politicians, hmmm

  39. Morgan says:

    Send the politicians and speech makers that weren’t involved on site ten years ago to the stadium and set a jumbotron at the site. Those, and their security, would make for a lot of room at Ground Zero. I realise all responders may not fit, but every NYFD Engine Co. and NYPD precinct that was directly involved should be represented on site.

  40. Jeannie Haigler says:

    They need to find a way to have the first responders present…. I understand that there are 91,000 first responders and that number alone is huge…. Don’t care!!!! They moved heaven and earth to get help to the people on that day… Now, it’s time for the coordinators of this event to move heaven and earth to make sure they are in attendance…..

    1. Jeanne Shearer says:

      THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN JEANNIE….THEY ARE A BUNCH OF EGOTISTICAL, POWER THIRSTY, MONEY HUNGRY MONGRELS…..THAT PRETTY OBVIOUSLY DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE FIRST RESPONDERS OR ANYTHING WE AS THE PUBLIC FEEL ABOUT THIS WHOLE SORDID AFFAIR……..LOOK AT WHAT OBAMA’S DONE TO OUR COUNTRY SINCE TAKING OFFICE………..HE’S FILTHY RICH ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER POLITICAN AND GOVERNMENT OFFICAL….WHILE WE STRUGGLE DAY AFTER DAY TO STAY ALIVE AND SURVIVE AND PROVIDE FOR OUR FAMILIES………SO FOR THEM TO MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH….NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ! THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AMERICA …HOME OF THE FREE……BUT LOOK AT WHO’S RULING EVERY AMERICANS DESTINY………..A BUNCH OF DEGENERATE BAS……ARDS!

  41. liberalsFAIL says:

    Someone set up a petition for this, to allow First Responders to attend the anniversary ceremony. I encourage everyone to sign it — http://chn.ge/qaVfCO

  42. Molly Henderson says:

    I think this is APPALLING! If they can’t fit everyone at Ground Zero, then they should put up big screens everywhere in Central Park, Times Square, or SOMEWHERE that will hold the crowds, but every cop and fireman in NYC deserves a FRONT ROW SEAT OF HONOR! If they have to, they need to allow only first responders, dignitaries, and family members of the victims, and then have another ceremony the next day for the public

  43. lois loughrey says:

    It is disgraceful that the ones who remember the smell. who rescued many people who have the nightmares are not invited. Let those who were not there stand aside’. Everything is not political.

  44. CINDY says:

    How discusting, and discrasful, the beurocratic idiots that decided this should be ashamed of themselves. The first responders should be there, and have every right just as much as anyone else.. This is definatley a Tragedy, SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE THIS RIGHT

  45. Marie Nopola Leaf says:

    Not one politicin is allowed to set fott until 1st responders are seated and comfortable!

  46. Marie Nopola Leaf says:

    Not one politician should set foot until responders are seated and comfortable.

  47. Linda says:

    Really? This can’t be true. The entire Country let alone the entire World was watching and praying for those who put themselves in danger with just the HOPE of saving another life (and many of them lost their own lives due to the risk). Mr Mayor, Mr. President PLEASE consider the message you are giving those who risk their lives to save others!

  48. Aderyl says:

    that is crazy! why can’t they make room for the ones who risked the’r own lives to save others?

  49. Al says:

    And this really surprises anyone? Our government has shown a total disregard and lack of respect for the first responders since day one. It took years for our government to even pay the medical bills of these brave men and women and they won’t even cover cancer (Oh it’s only asbestos dust you breathed in, how do we know that’s what gave you cancer?). It’s time to send a message to these politicians, during the next few elections, VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!!!

  50. Linda Jorgenson says:

    scuze me…..they showed up 10 years ago w/out being invited…risking their lives & many losing their lives….this is pathetic…..they need to be included….

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