- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 7, 2002

NEW YORK The governor will deliver the Gettysburg Address and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will lead a reading of the names of 2,823 victims to mark the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
The ceremonies, low-key but rich in symbolism and historical reference, will culminate with family and friends of victims descending into ground zero." The plans were outlined yesterday at a news conference called by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Republican Gov. George E. Pataki.
"Our intent is to have a day of observances that are simple and powerful, that honor the memory of those we lost that day and that gives New Yorkers, Americans and people around the world the opportunity to remember and reflect," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The 102-minute observance will begin when five drum and bagpipe processions made up firefighters, police and other rescue workers who responded to the attacks march from the city's five boroughs toward the site. Arriving shortly after 8 a.m., they will descend to the lowest point of the site, known as ground zero.
A moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. one year to the moment that the first airliner, American Airlines Flight 11, plowed into the north tower.
Mr. Pataki said he will then read the Gettysburg Address, the nation's most famous speech, which was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who gained worldwide respect for his leadership during and after the attack, will lead relatives and friends of the dead in reading the 2,823 names of those who perished in the terrorist assault.
"If anybody has a tie to those lost and is appropriate to start that out, it is Rudy Giuliani," said the mayor.
After the sounding of taps, New Jersey Democratic Gov. James E. McGreevey will read an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence. The ceremony will end at 10:29 a.m. the moment that the second of the twin towers collapsed.
The mayor and the governor have invited the city's houses of worship and academic institutions to toll their bells at this point.
Relatives and friends of the victims will for the first time descend a ramp into "the pit" the lowest point of the 16-acre site that to many is sacred ground. Each will be invited to place a red rose in a vase, all of which will become part of a permanent memorial that is planned for the site.
For the rest of the city, it will be a normal day with schools, government offices and commercial enterprises open for business. However, the mayor added, "this will not be an ordinary day for anyone in New York."
He urged all houses of worship to keep their doors open for those who would pray and reflect on the events of a year ago.
"September 11, that date will live in people's hearts and minds for generations, just as the date December 7 will never be forgotten by people who were not alive when it happened," said Mr. Pataki.
President Bush is expected to visit ground zero late in the afternoon. At sunset, heads of state and other dignitaries will attend a ceremony at the Sphere, a sculpture that once stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center and is now part of a temporary memorial in Battery Park.
An eternal flame, a memorial requested by many of the families, will be lit. Mr. Bloomberg, a Republican, will read the "Four Freedoms" from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's State of the Union message Jan. 6, 1941. Later, candlelight vigils, augmented by musical groups, will light the darkness in parks of the city's five boroughs.
The mayor said plans for the daylong observances were the result of "a collaborative effort," adding that the cost will be $9 million, much of which is expected to come from corporate donations.
City officials, criticized for not seeking the opinions of relatives, were careful to point out that families were included in the planning process. "I think families really got what they wanted out of this," said Christy Ferrer, the mayor's family liaison, "and I hope they'll be satisfied."

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