UTICA – Communities across the Central New York region are commemorating 9/11 on its 18th anniversary.
The City of Utica honored those lost with a ceremony on the Memorial Parkway at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Photo courtesy of SUNY Oneonta
Family members of those who died in the attack laid roses at the 9/11 memorial.
The Utica police and fire chaplain, the Rev. Joseph Salerno, took part in the ceremony, urging people to remember how although 9/11 was a tragedy, in some ways it united the country and inspired Americans to help others.
"…Remember the good that came out of the evil of that day and hopefully we would continue to, in our remembering, be inspired to never be discouraged from doing that good," said Salerno.
A ceremony took place at the Ilion marina this morning as well, with a prayer and presentation of the colors by the CVA Color Guard.
Assemblyman Robert Smullen spoke about the impacts of the 9/11 attacks on the families of those who were lost that day, saying, "Countless more lives were changed because of this attack. Children and surviving family members have endured the reality of homes that will never be the same. Fathers and mothers that will never come home, and they would never be seen again."
Congressman Anthony Brindisi also reminded New Yorkers to remember the bravery showcased on Sept. 11, 2001, by those who sacrificed themselves, as well as the survivors.
“We can never forget the horrific acts of terror or the courageous acts of heroism we saw on Sept. 11. When terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and hijacked United Flight 93, our country changed forever. The bravery of our first responders, including the brave men and women who ran towards danger in New York, and the resilience of the survivors showed that the American spirit cannot be put out. Today, we honor both the living and the dead from that fateful day,” said Brindisi.
Brindisi joined members of Congress for a moment of silence on the Capitol Plaza Wednesday morning in remembrance of the attacks.
Other area 9/11 memorial ceremonies will take place tonight in Rome, Sherrill and New York Mills.
Rome police and fire departments will gather at 6 p.m. along Black River Boulevard for a dedication ceremony at the honor wall.
There will also be a special ceremony along Main Street in New York Mills starting at 5:30 p.m.
Several ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., including at the Reilly-Mumford Park in Sherrill, the Newport Fire Department and at Mount Markham High School.
A memorial ceremony was also held at SUNY Oneonta this morning to reflect on the tragic events of 9/11, and honor seven alumni lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
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