Updated: September 11, 2019 07:50 PM
Created: September 11, 2019 12:31 PM
GENEVA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Wednesday marks 18 years since one of the darkest days in American history — the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. Tributes were held across the country including at the three crash sites.
A crowd gathered at Geneva's 9/11 memorial Wednesday morning to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
Community leaders gathered around the monument with neighbors to share their remembrances of this day back in 2001. It was a somber service as speakers reminded people not to ever forget the violation of the terrorist attack, the lives lost on that day, and the value of our freedom in the U.S.
Community members also paid tribute to long-time City Council member John Greco, who worked tirelessly to establish the monument. He died in February.
There was also a mention of the recent desecration of the monument. Last week, police arrested and charged a local woman who allegedly spray-painted the memorial.
Mario Fratto’s family donated the monument and encouraged the crowd to forgive and forget.
“I know the woman who did this," Fratto said. "She is a veteran of the U.S. military. She lost some family members who were veterans. She’s really going through a tough time right now. We would like nothing better than for her to get the help she needs and for her family to heal over this.”
Some people who attended the service told News10NBC's Lynette Adams that they hope young people are learning about Sept. 11, 2001, and will continue to remember 9/11 for years to come.
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