Another great article from Christie Blatchford.Also from Father De Souza. Remember pseudo chretien excluded all mentions of Jesus at the memorialfor Swissair 111.
Given all this, how is it possible that the critical element of the day known as 9/11 — that it was a deliberate attack by Islamic death stars upon civilians living in one of the most vibrant and diverse democracies in the world — and the single most important people, the city’s beloved firefighters, have been forgotten, or if not quite that, then elbowed aside, in modern parlance, marginalized? How can that possibly have happened?
The New York Daily News broke the story last month under a headline that read, City Snubs Finest, and reported that those from the New York Police Department, the Fire Department of New York and rescue workers who flooded the site and stayed for weeks or months, the grim work breaking their hearts and endangering their health, haven’t been invited to the 10th anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero this Sunday.
Only families of those killed in the attacks are invited, the story said, with city officials citing space and security concerns as the reason.
That was in mid-August, and I assumed that once made public, the decision would have been reversed. But I saw it referenced in the Thursday New York Times, and phoned the FDNY press office first thing in the morning to see if it was so.
The officer who answered confirmed that it was. I swore and he laughed bitterly. The fire department is having its own ceremony on Sunday, he said, and indeed they are, complete with a mass, laying of wreaths and the reading aloud of the 343 firefighters who were killed, trying to rescue those trapped in the towers.