By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 17, 2001 07:56 AM

Practically from the moment that the first plane smashed into the first World Trade Center tower, the shoulder that New Yorkers have leaned on is that of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. His strength, courage and leadership throughout this ordeal has been noted and lauded worldwide. He has personally attended nearly every aspect of the rescue effort, from arriving at Ground Zero as soon as was possible to his speaking at funerals of fallen firemen. Sunday he even made good on waking Brooklyn bride, Diane Gorumba, down the aisle. He’d made the promise last month — before last Tuesday’s disaster struck — when Gorumba’s’s brother, Michael, who was supposed to give her away, died Aug. 28 while fighting a three-alarm blaze on Staten Island. “The way you get through tragedy is to look at the good things in life,” Giuliani told reporters after the ceremony, “and a wedding is a good thing.” Asked later in the day Sunday just how he was coping with the events that have befallen his city, Giuliani replied, “I’m reading this book, ‘Five Days in London,’ which explains some of the reasons made to resist the Nazi bombing of London in 1940 and 1941. And nothing is more inspirational than the speeches of Winston Churchill.” The British prime minister was applauded for his directness and bravery in speaking to the people of England, and, as such, uniting them. Speaking of courage at a funeral on Sunday (one of a few he attended), Giuliani said, “It is the quality which guarantees all others. Without courage, nothing else can happen.”