According to a CNN report yesterday, 9-11 first responders -- the police, firefighters, and other emergency personnel who rushed to ground zero in the immediate aftermath of the attacks -- will not be able to attend this year's observance of the tenth anniversary at Ground Zero.
The mayor's office says there's no space for them, because most of it is being reserved for families of the victims, adding that the first responders were not invited to observances on previous anniversaries either.
Yet first responder Morris Faitelewicz, vice president of the Auxiliary Police Supervisors Benevolent Association, called that explanation 'nonsense.' Faitelewicz said that, while there are not usually formal invitations, first responders have been able to attend all of the previous ceremonies simply by showing up.
Not allowing them to attend this year -- the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks -- is an especially galling affront, he said.