"It just doesn’t mean as much, it means less if it’s not on September 11, and this doesn’ t change the fact that we were not invited to the actual ceremony," said Katie Jarvez, a first responder from lower Manhattan.
The office of Mayor Bloomberg announced last week that given the space constraints, they had to focus on accommodating victims’ family members first at the 10-year anniversary ceremony, but failed to mention the invitations sent to the politically favored.
As far as excluding religious leaders, Rudy Washington, a deputy mayor in former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration, told Fox News that he’s outraged. Mr. Washington had organized an interfaith ceremony at Yankee Stadium shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks and is remembered by cops, firefighters and emergency medical personnel as part of that fateful day. He has suffered severe medical problems connected to the time he spent at Ground Zero.
"This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me," said former Deputy Mayor Washington.