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Communities across WNY schedule observances of 9/11 anniversary

Communities throughout Western New York will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with a range of events this weekend.

Included are:


The victims, heroes and first responders of 9/1 1 will be remembered when the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York hosts a 10th-anniversary observance from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Jaffarya Center of the Niagara Frontier, 10300 Transit Road. Invited speakers include relatives of the victims, first responders and local politicians and community leaders. A reception will follow.

Saturday, the council is sponsoring open houses from 1 to 3 p.m. at the mosque at 745 Heim Road, Amherst; from 2 to 4 p.m. at the mosque at 444 Connecticut St., Buffalo; and from 2 to 5 p.m. at the mosque at 157 Wilkes-Barre Ave., Lackawanna.


The Gordon Highlanders, a marching unit of bagpipers and drummers, will perform at 6:15 p.m. Sunday outside Amherst Central High School, 4301 Main St., as part of a 9/1 1 observance.

The unit will perform again at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

The annual event, sponsored by the Amherst Active Fire Chiefs Association and Amherst Past Fire Chiefs Association, was started on the first anniversary of the attacks. Sunday's 10th-anniversary event also will include the singing of the national anthem, led by the Amherst Male Glee Club; the presentation of a relic from the World Trade Center to the Amherst Museum for permanent display; and remarks by Thomas Wutz, who was formerly in charge of the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

A trumpeter will play taps as firefighters exit the auditorium.


The Town of Amherst will hold a ceremony of remembrance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday outside the municipal building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

WIVB-TV Channel 4 News anchor Don Postles will be the master of ceremonies, and Lorey Schultz, also of Channel 4, will offer personal reflections. Musical performances by vocalist Sandy DeGlopper, as well as the Sacred Heart Academy Chambers Singers, under the direction of Beth Fischer, and bagpipers from Celtic Spirit Pipe Band also will be featured.

The town Police Department honor guard and volunteer firefighters will participate. Postles will read the names of the 9/1 1 victims from Western New York as a representative from each of the families comes forward to place a long-stemmed white rose in a vase. After the ceremony, the roses will be placed at the Amherst Memorial Grove.



A public ceremony will be held at the Central Wharf at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Organized by the Seven Seas Sailing School, the one-hour ceremony will include music by the 70-member Buffalo Niagara Big Concert Band, a dedication of eight new Buffalo Fire Department trucks and color guards from various organizations.

Buffalo firefighters will lay a wreath in the water as part of the ceremony.

The names of all the victims who died on 9/1 1 will be read during the event.

Local dignitaries, including Mayor Byron W. Brown and Rep. Brian Higgins, along with other elected and religious leaders, will be in attendance.

The Spirit of Buffalo, a 47-foot Coast Guard vessel, and the Edward M. Cotter will be on hand for the event. Organizers invite people who have boats to gather in the water and observe the ceremony from there.

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The Peace Bridge will be illuminated in red, white and blue at 8 p.m. Sunday in commemoration of the thousands of civilians and first responders who lost their lives on 9/1 1. It will remain lit until 1:30 a.m. Monday.

In addition, the official flags of the New York City Fire Department and the New York City Police Department will be flown in the U.S. Customs plaza beginning that same day.


The Western New York Families of Sept. 11 and American Red Cross Serving Erie & Niagara Counties are honoring the memory of those lost in the 9/1 1 attacks with an annual flag tribute and memorial vigil.

The flags were installed Saturday on the front lawn of the American Red Cross headquarters, 786 Delaware Ave., and will remain on display through Thursday.

A memorial vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the headquarters. Memorabilia connected to 9/1 1 will be on display from 4 to 7 p.m. today and again from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Clement Mansion Board Room at the headquarters.


Forest Lawn will host a 9/1 1 remembrance ceremony from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the cemetery, 1411 Delaware Ave.

The event is being held to honor all those who died on 9/1 1 and to provide an opportunity to explain the events of that day to those who were either to young to remember them or who were not yet born. It will include comments from a grief counselor, a moment of silence and, beginning at 8:46 a.m., the tolling of bells from St. Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.


Local 282, Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, will hold a 9/1 1 remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Buffalo Fire Historical Museum, 1850 William St.

The association will offer free museum tours and refreshments after the ceremony.


A 9/1 1 memorial service is planned at noon Sunday in Concordia Cemetery, 438 Walden Ave. Light refreshments will be served afterward.


The Eighth Judicial District will hold a 9/1 1 observance at 12:15 a.m. Monday in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Erie County Courthouse, 92 Franklin St.



A 9/1 1 memorial concert is planned from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Made in America Store, 900 Maple St.

The free event will feature music by Nashville recording artist Ricky Lee, who will take the stage following live performances by local bands Not Quite Right and Common Ground. It also will offer attractions that include live alpacas, a bounce house and a raffle. Dennis George, the Quizmaster, will entertain.

Refreshments will include hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecued pulled pork.


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A 9/1 1 remembrance choral concert, featuring patriotic and sacred music, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday during a worship service at Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Road. A reception will follow the service.



Hilbert College will hold a remembrance service at 12:15 p.m. Monday in the college quad.

It will begin with a prayer and moment of silence in memory of the victims and first responders who were directly affected by the 9/1 1 terrorist attacks. A flag-folding ceremony by an Air Force honor guard will conclude the service.

The observance, which is sponsored by the Hilbert Office of Campus Ministry and the Military Club, also will launch a weeklong collection drive to benefit area veterans.



A 9/1 1 remembrance choral concert, featuring patriotic and sacred music, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday Sept. 11during a worship service at Faith United Presbyterian Church, 3150 Elmwood Ave. A chicken barbecue will follow the service.



The Fire Department will hold a 9/1 1 ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday at Veterans Stadium, 2990 South Park Ave.

In addition to city firefighters, others scheduled to attend the ceremony include city police officers, a Marine Corps honor guard, Rep. Brian Higgins and State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy. Also featured will be bagpipers, various singers and a flyover by members of the Erie County Sheriff's Office, in addition to the dedication of 9/1 1 memorial containing steel from the twin towers.



United Faith Methodist Church will hold a 9/1 1 service at 10 a.m. Sunday at 5505 Broadway.

Pastor Tom LeBeau will reflect on the memories from 9/1 1 and some of the lessons he has learned from the event. Hamburgers, hot dogs and salads will be offered after the service in the church fellowship hall. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a dessert to share.



At Niagara University, an ROTC flag ceremony and bell ringing will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in front of St. Vincent's Hall. An outdoor prayer service will be at 10:45 a.m. at the Peace Pole in the Alumni Hall courtyard, followed by a memorial Mass in the university's Alumni Chapel.

Sunday evening, the NU Student Government Association will present a tribute outside the Castellani Art Museum and will lead a candlelight procession to the statue of St. Vincent at the center of the campus, to the statue of Mary, the Peace Pole and finally into the Alumni Chapel for a Mass at 10 p.m.


The Lewiston Police Department, Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 and St. Paul's Episcopal Church will join in a community service of remembrance entitled "We Will Never Forget" at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the fire hall, 145 N. Sixth St., Lewiston. After the service, a piper will lead participants to St. Paul's, at 400 Ridge St., for the placing of a memorial wreath and flowers, the lighting of a candle, tolling of the bell and an opportunity to offer personal reflections.



The 8th Judicial District will hold a short program at 9 a.m. Monday in the Rotunda of the Old County Court Building, 175 Hawley St. The program is open to the public.



At St. Bonaventure University, a special exhibit installed by student Karen Vester is on display at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It includes historical information about ground zero and a dedication to graduates of the university who were killed on 9/1 1.

BonaventureResponds, a campus charitable agency, will hold a day of service from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m., the university will host a First Responders Fair, featuring fire, military and emergency medical services displays in Bradner Stadium.

A free screening of the film "The Saint of 9/1 1," which documents the life of Father Mychal Judge, the chaplain of the New York City Fire Department who died at the scene of the World Trade Center attack, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Rigas Theater of the Quick Center.