DeWitt The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be observed with a memorial ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, by the town of DeWitt 9/11 Memorial monument at DeWitt Town Hall, 5400 Butternut Drive.
The memorial was constructed by group of community members in the months following 9/11 and includes a steel column that was part of New York City’s Twin Towers. Nearly 3,000 civilian lives were lost in the attacks of Sept. 11.
“We feel that it is important to recognize the date each year with a ceremony that remembers the tremendous loss of life and how it has impacted the nation,” said DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway, who chairs the memorial service. “Of special significance to our ceremony is the tribute to the emergency responders, fire, police and EMS professionals who gave their lives in trying to help.”
Members of the DeWitt, East Syracuse and Jamesville fire departments, as well as the DeWitt and East Syracuse police departments will participate in the ceremony, and retired U.S. Army Colonel F. William Smullen III, of DeWitt, will speak. Smullen was Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, and is presently the Director of National Security Studies and a Maxwell Senior Fellow in National Security at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His speech is titled “Beyond Stone and Steel.”
For the first time, more than 3,000 flags, provided by the U.S. Army, will be placed in the green area in front of the DeWitt 9/11 Memorial monument to represent lives lost in the terrorist attacks. This will be done at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, “rain or shine,” Conway said, and the flags will remain in place for a week.
“We are encouraging the youth of the community to participate in helping place the flags in the ground,” Conway said.