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Events around WNY mark anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

Communities across the area will mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a variety of events this weekend.

Delaware Park

Team RWB will host its fourth annual 9/11 Dawn to Dusk Moving Tribute from sunrise to sunset Sunday at the Agassiz Circle entrance to the park.

As part of the event, flags will be moving continuously around Ring Road in the park from 6:51 a.m. and 7:32 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and make a lap or two around the park. Veterans and active-duty service members will also be on hand.

Downtown Buffalo

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k Run/Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday starting behind KeyBank Center. The event is part of a national series named after a New York City firefighter who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center. The course symbolically retraces Siller’s steps as he ran through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to get to Ground Zero.

The course will be lined with more than 500 signs with the names, pictures and stories of a first responder killed on 9/11, people with WNY ties who were killed in the attacks and military personnel from the region who were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Funds raised will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. To register, visit T2TRun.org.

Canalside

The third annual Peace-Justice-Nonviolence Festival and Walk will be held Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to dusk at Canalside. The event starts with a Peacewalk to the Erie Basin Marina gardens at 2:30 p.m. The event includes speakers, food, live music and special activities for children. It is sponsored by the Western New York Coalition of Peace-Justice-Nonviolence Advocates.

Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls fire and police departments will gather for a ceremony Sunday morning.

Officials will be joined by all available on-duty fire department members at 9:30 a.m. in Firehouse 8, Royal Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard. The public is encouraged to attend.

The tribute will begin at 9:58 a.m. to mark the time of the South Tower collapse, followed by a moment of silence and a brief ceremony honoring all the victims of the 9/11 attacks will follow.

Tonawanda/North Tonawanda

The police and fire departments of both cities, along with city and other local officials, will gather at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Renaissance Bridge over the Erie Canal, which connects Webster Street in North Tonawanda and Main Street in the City of Tonawanda.

A lighted wreath will be placed in the canal and doves will be released as part of the ceremony. Ladder trucks from both fire departments will raise a flag over the bridge.

The public is invited to attend.

Related: Local veteran remembers how 9/11 changed his life

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News Niagara Reporter Nancy Fischer contributed to this report.

email: abesecker@buffnews.com

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