NYC to Hold Two Ceremonies for 9-11 Anniversary

Sep 10, 2020
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There are two ceremonies in Lower Manhattan tomorrow to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks. 

The Tunnel To Towers Foundation is holding its own ceremony with name reading. CEO Frank Siller said many are not happy that the 9-11 Memorial will be using prior years' recordings instead of reading victim names out loud because of coronavirus.

“I know that it can be done in a safe way," he said. "When the 9-11 Memorial said it couldn’t be done in a safe way I knew that was bogus.”

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A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers have introduced a bill to permanently establish the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.  Rep. Carolyn Maloney says the new bill would extend it for 70 years.

“We do not want to do this again. We need to get this authorized, introduced, and passed so there is a permanent fund for those that are sick and need the help,” Maloney said.

Recently the Special Master of the 9/11 VCF said rewards would be drastically cut because the fund is running out of dollars.  Rep. Jerry Nadler says the financial need has increased in recent years.

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Public health officials expect the number of people diagnosed with illnesses related to the World Trade Center attack to keep growing.  A New York Representative is still pushing for permanent financial aid for survivors 17 years later.

“At first they don’t’ see the symptoms but since then many have died, many more will become sick each day and are not able to work,” said New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “It’s important that we give them their health care and compensation for what they did to save others.”

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It has been seventeen years since the September 11th attack and from all outward signs it appears that lower Manhattan, the physical place, has fully rebounded and that history has moved on. But thousands of 9-11 first responders and survivors are battling WTC related diseases in a daily struggle that all too often is fought in isolation.