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09/12/2011 10:55 am ET Updated Nov 12, 2011

Poems, Bible Passages And Speeches: What Elected Officials Chose To Read At 9/11 Anniversary

One of the things Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted on for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was no speeches, at least not from the elected officials who would take turns at the lectern following the six moments of silence throughout the morning--one for each of the four plane strikes, one for the collapse of each World Trade Center tower.

While the mayor's decision was controversial (New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was none too happy about his soliloquy), the selections proved rather telling, especially since the mayor also banned religious leaders from speaking at the event. This meant that the only prayers said were those of the president and the mayor's predecessor.

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