Monday, September 11, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! 9/11 MEMORIAL ATTENDANCE PLUMMETS IN KANSAS CITY METRO!!! SHOULD WE CANCEL FUTURE LOCAL 'PATRIOT DAY' TRIBUTE?!?
A few weekend newsies dutifully reported Kansas City's annual 1st-responder memorial stair climb dedicated to 9/11 but what they didn't mention was the skimpy crowds and paltry attendance even among firefighter participants.
To wit . . .
LIKE IT OR NOT, THIS YEAR KANSAS CITY HAS PRETTY MUCH FORGOTTEN 9/11 AND THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRAGIC TERROR EVENT IS MOSTLY JUST ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA MEME WITH HORRIBLE ATTENDANCE AT PUBLIC TRIBUTE EVENTS!!!
We talked to a critic of this event first for a hot take:
"The event has passed into history and that's where it belongs. These public memorials are no longer about sharing public grief or healing. They're just a private party for city workers that taxpayers are forced to partly fund. If they want to memorialize 9/11 on their own dime, that's fine but at this point, when all of these events are just firefighters and their families, they need to end any public subsidy and participation."
In fairness, we reached out to a 1st responder for reaction:
"The public funding for these events is almost zilch and we spend a lot of money in far more frivolous ways than the team building and public awareness opportunities these events offer. So what if it's just firefighters and their families? We deserve an opportunity to raise money and awareness for this cause just like everyone else . . . Like those candidates you were telling me about who send campaign e-mails on City Hall servers. The point is, remembering the worst terror strike in American history isn't a burden, it's part of our duty as Americans."
Today, in KCMO the tribute to 9/11 started with a paltry moment of silence and not much else.
Accordingly . . .
WE ARE FORCED TO ASK: SHOULD KANSAS CITY STOP COMMEMORATING 9/11 GIVEN PALTRY PUBLIC PARTICIPATION???
You decide . . .