All across the region, Western New Yorkers paid tribute to 9/11 on Sunday. Here's a look at how each community paid tribute:
For the fourth straight year, Team Red, White and Blue hosted the annual "Dawn to Dusk" Moving Tribute in the park. Members of the team carried flags around Ring Road beginning early Sunday morning and will continue their tribute until the sun sets.
Hosted by the Erie-Niagara Sunrise Exchange Club and the Exchange Club of the Tonawandas, the 9/11 Healing Field/Memorial Field displayed 3,000 American flags at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda.
The Lew Port and Grand Island youth football programs held a special remembrance ceremony as a way to teach the young players about the significance of 9/11. The Niagara Falls Police Color Guard, along with many local agencies, participated in the event.
At the Heroes and Veterans Park outside Russell Salvatore's restaurant, Red Knights Chapter 47 sponsored a 9/11 anniversary observance, drawing an enormous crowd on Sunday afternoon. Participants included the Patriot Guard Riders, Red Knights, Blue Nights, Hogs and Hero's, Combat Veterans, Leather Necks, Millgrove VFD, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Rifle Squad and local fire and police departments.
Police and firefighters stood together to commemorate the lives lost on 9/11. Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan DalPorto: "On September 11, 2001, the world witnessed the worst that mankind has to offer. But it also, on that day, witnessed the best that mankind has to offer. Firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders ran into those towers that day, while others were running out, offering the best that mankind has to offer."
On the bridge from Tonawanda to North Tonawanda, an American flag proudly flew over the water on Sunday evening.