Elected officials were the unofficial leaders of the memorial events on the second anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. NY1's Davidson Goldin reports on how the leaders of the city and state spent the day.
He wasn't mayor September 11, 2001, but as mayor now, Michael Bloomberg was — for the second time — the unofficial leader of the memorial events.
After a round of morning television interviews, Bloomberg and Governor George Pataki joined family members at the ceremony at the World Trade Center site.
“I think continually of those who are truly great,” Pataki said.
“Names of citizens, workers, mothers and fathers,” Bloomberg said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he thinks politicians should be careful to not overshadow the victims' families. This year, children were given center stage at the memorial.
Bloomberg has also talked about the importance of continuing to honor rescue workers. He christened a new police boat named for the 23 heroes from the NYPD who died when the twin towers collapsed.
“May God bless their memories. May God bless the NYPD,” the mayor said.
Later in the afternoon, Bloomberg again met up with Pataki at a memorial service for Port Authority employees. Vice President Dick Cheney was also there.
“The resourcefulness and gallantry they showed in rescuing others and leading them to safety on 9/11 was their parting gift to us,” Bloomberg said.
The governor then went to Long Island as the mayor visited firehouses in the city.
“Tragically, 343 of them paid the ultimate price,” the mayor said.
As the city remembers those killed September 11, elected officials paid special tribute to the rescue workers who died saving lives.