Dozens gather in Ilion for Workers' Memorial Day ceremony

A ceremony was held at the Labor Monument in Ilion to honor those who went to work and never came home.

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 11:57 PM

ILION, N.Y. - A ceremony was held at the Labor Monument in Ilion to honor those who went to work and never came home.

This ceremony is held every year before Workers' Memorial Day. Workers' Memorial Day is on April 28, the day The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, was created. 

Workers' Memorial Day is an international day of remembrance for workers killed or injured on the job.

Dozens came out to remember and honor the men and women who have lost their lives.

Congressman Anthony Brindisi was there, along with many local veterans and labor council members.

The ceremony included a 21 gun salute and 12 prayers were read to memorialize lost members. Each speaker also laid a rose on the memorial.

This ceremony in Ilion is organized by the Central New York Labor Council, and the vice president of the organization, Norma Chrisman, says the most recent date from 2017 proves there is still work that needs to be done to create safer working conditions for workers.

"Unfortunately in 2017, there were close to 500 preventable deaths, that had procedures been followed and things done properly their lives would've been saved," Chrisman said. "It's something to memorialize, all of those workers to keep their memory alive and to continue to fight to keep those protections and improve the working conditions of our members."

Organizers say ceremonies like this one are held all over the country, and the day is observed all over the world.

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