Though the horrific events unfolded hundreds of miles away, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and each of the victims killed will be remembered in Western New York today, as nearly 3,000 American flags each bearing a victim’s name have been placed on the front lawn of the American Red Cross building at 786 Delaware Ave. The display continues until Sept. 22.
Elsewhere around the area today, other observances are marking the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks:
• Several organizations are participating in a National Day of Service, with projects taking place throughout the City of Buffalo, including the Little Portion Friary, 1305 Main St.
• Students at Hoover Elementary School in the Ken-Ton School District began their day with an assembly including patriotic songs and hear a presentation on the events of 9/11/2001.
• Erie Community College hosted a flag-raising and memorial service outside the Law Enforcement Training Academy at the North Campus, 6205 Main St., Amherst.
• The Maritime Charter School Color Guard will led a procession at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo, for a remembrance ceremony.
• Beginning at 9:58 a.m., fire and police honor guards stood at attention in front of Niagara Falls Firehouse 8, Royal Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard, as the fire dispatcher broadcast an announcement marking the exact time of the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Comments from the mayor and police and fire chiefs followed.
• A Remembrance Ceremony and Community Outreach Open House runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterans Affairs campus at 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia.
• St. Bonaventure University is holding a prayer service beginning at 12:20 p.m. at its 9/11 Memorial, which is in front of the new Swan Business Center on the campus.
• A brief ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Cheektowaga Town Park on Harlem Road, where a wreath will be placed at the Veterans Monument.
• A Remembrance Day ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 S. Park Ave.
• Patriot Day, the fourth annual concert and family day sponsored by the Made In America Store, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 900 Maple St., Elma.