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Giuliani at today's 9/11 memorial

From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger
NEW YORK -- Giuliani's much anticipated appearance today at the Sept. 11 memorial came and went with little political intrigue. Giuliani, who had been criticized by some for speaking at the event while campaigning for president, spoke briefly of the city's strength and resilience after the attacks. "It was a day with no answers, but with an unending line of people who came forward to help one another," he said before reading a passage from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
Giuliani spoke at 9:59 am ET, moments after three bells were rung, signifying the collapse of the World Trade Center's South tower. Current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine also spoke. In a break from tradition, the ceremony was held adjacent to the footprint of the Twin Towers and people involved in the rescue efforts read the names of the victims.
Giuliani was one of few to speak without the assistance of a uniformed official, who held umbrellas for Spitzer and many of those reading names. Giuliani received a smattering of applause as he exited the stage.