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Flag tribute to commemorate victims of 9/11 attacks

Small flags to honor each of the nearly 3,000 killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will be installed Sunday on the front lawn of the American Red Cross headquarters, the old Clement Mansion at 786 Delaware Ave.

Jay Bonafede, Red Cross spokesman, said members of the Western New York Families of September 11th and Red Cross volunteers will begin installing the flags beginning at about 11 a.m., with a special section to be set aside to honor victims with Western New York connections. The flag display will remain on the lawn for several weeks, he said.

Leigh Macadlo, a member of the families group, said the organization created the tribute “so that Western New Yorkers can remember every year how many lives were lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001. We want to remember each innocent person whose life was ended so abruptly and tragically, and honor the extraordinary sacrifice of responders who gave their lives for others that day.”