The City of Utica remembers September 11th


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The City of Utica held a remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial on the Memorial Parkway, honoring and remembering those who died in the September 11th attacks and the heroes who ran towards the destruction as everyone else was running away.

The ceremony began with a moment of silence followed by a prayer with Reverend Joseph Salerno. Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks hosted the ceremony which included the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem and an audio recording of a man's voice supposed to represent God. Elected officials spoke about their own experiences and six family members of various 9/11 victims placed a flower on top of the memorial.

Anthony Brindisi, Assemblyman in the 119th District said, "For me, I remember being a law student in Albany and having a classmate come down to the library to tell us what was happening and I remember many emotions going on in my mind that day. The sadness for the loss of life, I remember being scared and confused as to why someone would do this to our country and I remember being uncertain as to the future of our country. But I also remember a feeling of relief because although we saw the worst in humanity that day we also saw the best. We saw men and women risk their lives to save others and people come together regardless of Democrat, Republican, White, Black, Latino or Asian. On that day and days following we were all Americans."

Everyone from first responders, elected officials and community residents attended the city remembrance.

At the very end of the ceremony all the names of the victims were read aloud in order to never forget.

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