Posted: September 11, 2007 4:09 PM
Giuliani Commemorates Sept. 11 Attacks
New York City marked the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Tuesday morning as relatives of the victims gathered in a small park across the street from Ground Zero. Joining them was Rudy Giuliani, who was the city’s mayor when the planes hit and has built his presidential campaign around his image of leadership in the days that followed.
Giuliani took the stage alongside the firefighters and first responders who read the names of the 2,750 victims in New York.
“It was a day with no answers, but with an unending line of people who came forward to help one another,” he told the gathering.
Giuliani has taken part in the ceremonies in past years, but his presence at this year’s service met criticism from the families of some victims concerned that he was using the event for political gains. As the country hailed him as “America’s mayor,” many firefighters, first responders and families of the victims blamed him for radio failures the day of the attacks, failing to set up a viable emergency command center, and for halting the recovery of remains.
Giuliani’s camp said his appearance wasn’t meant to be political.
“He doesn’t campaign on Sept. 11. What he campaigns on is his record of accomplishment. We’re asking you to take into consideration how he reacted and how he led New York through that horrible crisis. But we’re not saying he happened to be mayor that day, vote for him,” said Giuliani’s senior adviser Tony Carbonetti in USAToday.
The campaign’s Web site, posted only a quote from Giuliani’s address to the United Nations on Oct. 1, 2001: “This massive attack was intended to break our spirit. It has not done that. It has made us stronger, more determined and more resolved.”