Remembering 9/11: Events around Rochester honoring those lost

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It’s been 22 years since the devastating terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Many people lost family members, friends and coworkers. There are events throughout the Rochester area to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died during the attacks and to honor the bravery on first responders during 9/11.

Monday, Sept. 11:

MCC’s Remembrance Ceremony at 8 a.m.: Monroe Community College is remembering 9/11 with a ceremony at their Brighton Campus. Students and faculty will gather outside the Pamela Ann Chesonis Center where Monroe County Executive Adam bello will give remarks.

Memorial Vigil at Rochester Institute of Technology at 8:15 a.m.: RIT is hosting a memorial vigil which will consist of Sheriff Todd Baxter speaking, the playing of Taps, and 2,977 American Flags in the ground to represent the victims of the attacks. The vigil is in the front of RIT’s Student Alumni Union.

Brockport Firefighter Memorial Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.: Throughout the day in Brockport on 9/11, there will be remembrance ceremonies hosted by The Brockport Fire District. The opening ceremony is at South Main Street in Brockport at 8:30 a.m. and a bell will ring at 8:47 a.m. to mark the time when the first plane hit. The Ring of Gold event will take place at 6 p.m. and the closing ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m.

Irondequoit Police Department’s Patriot Day at 8:46 a.m.: The community is invited to pay remembrance to those lost on 9/11 at Irondequoit Town Hall.

Ridge Road Fire District 9/11 Ceremony at 9 a.m.: The ceremony will be held at 1299 Long Pond Road. Officials have released the following schedule:

  • Welcoming speech- Chief Johnson
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Moment of silence
  • Three Firefighters from Group 2 to lower the flags to half-staff
  • Place the wreath in the monument – Chief Johnson and Chief Andrews  
  • Tolling of the Bell- TBD
  • Closing words-  Chief Andrews
  • Closing prayer- Chaplain Brent Pavicic

“Operation We Remember” by the Veterans Outreach Center at 10:30 a.m.: The annual event will take place at the War on Terror Memorial at Highland park. Members of the Veterans Outreach Center and the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency are welcoming the public to join them in remembering the lives lost on 9/11, and the lives that have been changed forever.

March/Walk of Remembrance at 7 p.m.: Community members from Seneca Falls and the Finger Lakes will gather at South Seneca High School to march/walk with the Ovid Fire Department. The walk will start at the school and end on Brown Street. A ceremony will take place after the walk with refreshments.