1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York:
"I find it disgraceful that their names are being recited, pre-recorded. I see that, whether it's witting or unwitting, as part of the movement of denial."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York:
"I promised that day we're never gonna forget. I don't mean to be divisive or anything else, but I remember who killed him. I remember who did it. I remember the movement that did it. And unlike some people who practice denial, I know they want to come here and kill us again. The Islamic Republic of Iran has given them millions of dollars to do it."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York:
"They succeeded in killing almost 3,000 people. But they didn't succeed in breaking our spirit, 'cause I want to remind people, the police department, the fire department ran into that building. Gave up their lives so other people can live. So when people malign the police, people want to defund the police, when want to disrespect the police, you remember that when you're in trouble, those people are not coming to get you. They are."
Americans commemorated 9/11 Friday as a new national crisis reconfigured anniversary ceremonies, dividing some victims' families over coronavirus precautions, and a presidential campaign carved a path through the observances.
In New York, victims' relatives gathered Friday morning for split-screen recorded reading of names at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza at the World Trade Center and another on a nearby corner, set up by a separate 9/11-related organization.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told reporters that the recorded reading is "disgraceful" and called it "part of the movement of denial."
Giuliani also took a moment to saythat the rescue workers who ran into the building on 9/11 gave their lives and should not be "defunded" as the struggle for racial equality in the city plays out.
Memorial leaders said the change for the 19th anniversary of the attacks was a coronavirus-safety precaution. The anniversary of 9/11 is a complicated occasion in a maelstrom of a year, as the U.S. grapples with a health crisis, searches its soul over racial injustice and prepares to choose a leader to chart a path forward.
Still, 9/11 families say it's important for the nation to pause and remember the hijacked-plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the trade center, at the Pentagon in Washington and near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001, shaping American policy, perceptions of safety and daily life in places from airports to office buildings.