Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.
Syracuse police, firefighters, and public officials marked the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a limited attendance gathering downtown this morning.
The ceremony was held at the Police Memorial in Forman Park, where attendees observed a brief moment of silence and a candle lighting. A 911 radio transmission was also used in the remembrance.
“Nineteen years after September 11, 2001, we continue to honor the sacrifice made by our brothers and sisters in police, fire and emergency medical services,” the transmission said.
Two five-foot pedestals with a flagstone were erected in the park as a representation of the Twin Towers. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner lit three candles and placed them on the flagstone to pay tribute to the lives lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on United Flight 93 that crashed southeast of Pittsburgh.
Peter Laun has attended the ceremony in Syracuse every year, usually with his brother H. Thomas Laun. The retired deputy chief of fire died this past spring. This year, Laun kept his brother’s firefighter badge in his coat pocket.
“We’ve never missed it and he’s here again,” Laun said.
“After what happened on 9/11, Gov. Pataki said two things that were real important: never forget and never again,” Laun said. “Both of us have been committed to that even though we’re old guys now and long retired. We just don’t forget the impact that it made on our lives and on our country.”
Most years, the minutes of silence start at 8:46 and end at 9:03 — the time between the first and second planes hitting the World Trade Center towers.
Additional commemorations included a display of the “Flag of Heroes,” whic features all the names of the emergency service providers who died responding to the scene along with the “Flag of Honor,” which memorializes the civilian victims.
Other Central New York ceremonies:
The town of DeWitt will livestream its 9/11 Memorial Service to honor victims of the attacks at 6 p.m. Only officials will be onsite for the event to “protect the health and safety of our community.” The live stream can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TownofDeWittNY/ and a recording will be available after the ceremony has concluded.
The Cicero Fire Department will also host a memorial event from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at their headquarters at 8377 Brewerton Road, Cicero. This gathering is open to the public and COVID-19 precautions will be enforced, with attendees asked to wear face masks.
The Sylvan Beach Fire Department’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the bandstand in the village park. Attendees are asked to follow social distancing and mask guidelines set forth by New York State.
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