Tributes held in Western New York (9.11.08)
(WIVB) - Ceremonies and events are being held across western New York to mark the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
A brief ceremony was held Thursday morning on the steps of Buffalo City Hall. Mayor Byron Brown, along with Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Buffalo Police Commissioner McCarthy Gipson and Fire Commissioner Mike Lombardo took part.
A 9/11 memorial service was held in Lackawanna at Veterans Stadium on South Park Avenue. City police and firefighters, along with emergency services personnel and veterans participated in the ceremony. Balloons were released during the services to honor all the fallen firefighters from that day.
In the cataract city, Niagara Falls firefighters gathered to commemorate the sacrifices made by the fire department in New York City. A fire service bell was rung and for the firefighters who died that day. 343 firefighters were among the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on September 11th.
There are also some grass-roots events honoring the victims lost on 9/11. A News 4 camera caught people on a pedestrian bridge over the 198 waving an American flag to passing traffic. The group including police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians wanted to remind people about the importance of the day.