9/11 remembered: services nationally and in the Rochester area

Sep 11, 2017

The MCC 9/11 Memorial
Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

NEW YORK (WXXI News & AP) — While the U.S. contends with the destruction caused by two ferocious hurricanes in three weeks, Americans also are marking the 16th anniversary of one of the nation's most scarring days.

Thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected to gather Monday at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

Observances also are planned at the Pentagon and the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked planes slammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001.

Republican President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker, is observing the anniversary for the first time as the nation's leader. The White House says he'll observe a moment of silence and also participate in an observance at the Pentagon.

-In Rochester, among the ceremonies being held is the one held at MCC, at the Sept. 11th memorial erected with the help of a campaign by several MCC student leaders in 2002. That ceremony, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Brighton campus, will have remarks by Rochester Police Department Officer Paul Dondorfer, who was a member of the New York City Police Department when the terrorist attacks occurred in 2001.

-At the University of Rochester, on the Eastman Quad at the River Campus, three NROTC midshipmen will stand at attention at the Meridian bench facing the Interfaith Chapel from 8:45 a.m. until 12 pm.

-At RIT, The Arnold Air Society will hold its annual 9/11 Vigil at the Sentinel in front of the campus Student Alumni Union. Taps will be played in front of a flag array at 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m. and 10:03 a.m. as a tribute to individuals who lost their lives on 9/11.

-St. John Fisher will pay tribute with a program will feature talks and music. 9 p.m. Monday at Hermance Family Chapel.