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Buffalo marks 9/11 observances

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on New York City’s World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., will be commemorated with several observances locally on Friday.

A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will include an invocation by Darius Pridgen, Buffalo Common Council president.

Michael Adelizzio, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Buffalo, will be the guest speaker. The Greater Buffalo Fire Fighter Pipes and Drums will perform.

Firefighters, police, military and emergency medical personnel will gather from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. to fly American flags in remembrance of the victims of 9/11 from the pedestrian bridge over the Scajaquada Expressway near Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park.

The VA Western New York Healthcare System will host a 9/11 remembrance ceremony and community outreach event for veterans and their families from 10 a.m. to noon at VA Healthcare’s facility at 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia.

The first anniversary of the dedication of the Western New York Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial in Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will be observed at 6 p.m. The monument lists the names of more than 70 men and women from the region who lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Flags representing each of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks continue on display on the front lawn of the American Red Cross headquarters at the Clement Mansion , 786 Delaware Ave. The flags, which include a special section for those who had connections to Western New York, were placed by the Western New York Families of September 11th.