Rudy - Now More Than Ever: Promises Kept
For Gail Gorumba, 2001 was an extremely difficult year.
After losing both her husband and father earlier in the year, tragedy had struck again. Her 27 year-old son, a New York City fireman, had succumbed to a heart attack on the way to the scene of a fire. The loss had cast a dark cloud over the upcoming marriage of her daughter Diane, which was schedule to take place in two-weeks- on September 16th, 2001. There was no man left to walk her daughter down the aisle.
Gorumba asked New York Fire Commissioner Tom Van Essen if he would ask Mayor Giuliani if he would do the honors.
"I would be honored to do it" Rudy replied instantly.
After the events of September 11th, Gorumba wondered if Mayor Giuliani would still be able to attend, with so much going on and the eyes of the world upon him.
"Not only can I do it, I want to do it" Rudy assured her.
The wedding itself was held in an area of Brooklyn which had lost more than two dozen police and fireman in the WTC attacks. The assembled guests erupted in applause as Diane and Hizzoner made their way to the podium.
"...We are going to will ourselves to make this a joyous occasion" stated Rudy, "the family and the city needs it."
"That's a great thing the mayor did" stated one guest, "to give us something happy to come and see."