17 minutes of Silence, 9/11 ceremony in Syracuse

17 Minutes of Silence in Remembrance of September 11 event will be Forman Park in the city of Syracuse.

The city of Syracuse will hold its annual Commemoration Ceremony at the

site of the Police Memorial in Forman Park, on Friday, September 11,

2009 in memory of the victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11,


As has been the tradition of this ceremony, there will be no speeches or

announcements of any kind. The general public is invited to this outdoor

ceremony held in Forman Park located in the 700 Block of East Genesee

Street in downtown Syracuse.

The 17 minutes of silence represents the length of time between the

first passenger jet striking the north tower of the World Trade Center

at 8:46 a.m. and the second passenger jet crashing into the south tower

of the World Trade Center at 9:03.

As in past years two pedestals are erected by city trades workers to

represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The pedestals are 5

feet tall and made out of red cement blocks. Each has a flagstone top

on which two specially designed 3-wick candles with sconces will be

placed during the ceremony. Each wick when lit will commemorate the

lives and the families of loved ones lost at the World Trade Center, the

Pentagon and United Flight 93 that crashed southeast of Pittsburgh.

Also displayed at the commemoration site will be two flags titled 'Flag

of Heroes' and 'Flag of Honor.' The Flag of Heroes contains the names

of all of the emergency service providers who gave their lives so that

others might live. The Flag of Honor includes the names of all civilian

victims of September 11th.

schedule of the ceremony:

8:30 a.m.: Police and Fire Honor Guard will post colors. Police and Fire

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