9/11 memorial excludes first responders, survivors on 20th anniversary

A ceremony next month to honor those killed 20 years ago on Sept. 11 will be limited to family members of the fallen, after organizers decided first responders, survivors and others wouldn’t be invited to the milestone commemoration.

The solemn gathering at the World Trade Center site will serve as the city’s featured memorial on a day that devastated New Yorkers and shook the nation.

A woman places her hand on a name etched in the wall of one of the pools at the 9/11 memorial plaza in the World Trade Center site in New York Monday, Sept.. 12, 2011, on the first day that the memorial was opened to the public. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Swembad)

A woman places her hand on a name etched in the wall of one of the pools at the 9/11 memorial plaza in the World Trade Center site in New York Monday, Sept.. 12, 2011, on the first day that the memorial was opened to the public. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Swembad)

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