BUFFALO, N.Y. — Memorial services are planned across Western New York today, marking the 18th anniversary of the terrorists attacks that took place at the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11th, 2001.
A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony was held at the Amherst Memorial Hill Grove Tuesday morning.
In Buffalo, Team Red, White, & Blue will keep the American Flag and Flag of Honor moving around Ring Road at Delaware Park from sunrise to sunset. The Air Force Honor Guard presented the colors just before sunrise, then retire them at sundown. All walkers and runners are welcome throughout the day to join.
A wreath laying was held at the Iraq & Afghanistan Monument in the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. The WWII Submarine USS Quillback's bell was tolled at 8:46 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower; 9:03 a.m., when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the south tower; 9:37 a.m., when American Flight 77 struck the Pentagon; and 10:03 a.m., when United Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Three thousand American Flags were placed on the lawn of the American Red Cross on Delaware Avenue. This is done each year in honor of those who perished in the attacks. A service will take place at 6:00 p.m.
At the Chautauqua County Courthouse, the Chautauqua's American Legion and Veteran's Council will hold a short program in front of the County Courthouse with words from local dignitaries.
Niagara Falls Fire House 8, held a ceremony at Memorial Park. The ceremony began with one minute of complete silence at 9:59 a.m.— the time of the south tower collapse. Following the moment of silence, Mayor Paul Dyster, Fire Chief Joe Pedulla, and Police Chief Tom Licata will make speeches honoring the brave men and women of 9/11.
Officials from both the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, as well as Senator Chris Jacobs, invited the public to join them in front of the Tonawanda Fire Department for a morning remembrance ceremony.