Access to 9/11 anniversary ceremony in NYC will be limited by coronavirus; live broadcast from Ground Zero
Contrary to other years, for today’s commemoration of September 11 in New York access to the general public will be limited due to additional security measures taken by the coronavirus.
The ceremony at Ground Zero will begin this Friday at 8:30 a.m. However, this time there will be no face-to-face reading in honor of the 2,983 people who died in the attack on the Twin Towers.
The mention of the names will appear in a recording, according to the administrators of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
“The reading of names is at the heart of our mission at the 9/11 Memorial,” officials said via the museum’s website. “Given the dangerous health risks associated with mass gatherings, we thought hard about how to safely host the event this year,” they added.
The organizers also indicated that “we are committed to the live broadcast that will be as beautiful and meaningful as ever, while protecting the health and well-being of families. We can and we will do both,” they anticipated.
Access will be limited to the relatives of the victims of the attack reported in 2001, who will gather in Memorial Plaza under the established distancing measures.
In addition, attendees will be asked to stay in their cars to the extent possible.
As part of the event, there will be six moments of silence alluding to the times each of the World Trade Center towers were hit, as well as the Pentagon and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Activities in the area are expected to end around 12:30 p.m.
air parade competition
An air parade scheduled for 3:30 pm has been criticized by politicians and the general public alike as being in poor taste and insensitive.
The New York Emergency Department reported on its Twitter account that the plan is for military aircraft to fly at about 2,500 feet over the Hudson River toward the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, hours after the official tributes.
Planned Flyover: An F-18 jet will be conducting a flyover on the Hudson River towards the Verrazzano Bridge on 9/11 at 3:30 PM. The aircraft will fly at approx 2,500 ft. Multilingual & ASL Link: https://t.co/Ic8EyOBgzI.
— NYCEM – Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) September 10, 2020
But, given that what is remembered on this date are the plane attacks on the Twin Towers, for some the tribute is out of place.
“They are crazy?. Cancel this immediately,” Staten Island representative Max Rose said on the aforementioned network.
For his part, Mayor Bill de Blasio, through a spokesman, said he was unaware of the idea.
“Frankly, it’s inappropriate,” the spokesperson said.
It is not clear if the airshow will be cancelled.
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