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DeWitt pays tribute to 9/11 [GALLERY]

More than 3,000 American Flags were placed on the lawn outside DeWitt Town Hall to honor the memory of lives lost on 9/11.

More than 3,000 American Flags were placed on the lawn outside DeWitt Town Hall to honor the memory of lives lost on 9/11. Photo by Herm Card.

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was observed with a memorial ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in front the town of DeWitt 9/11 Memorial monument at DeWitt Town Hall.

Members of the DeWitt, East Syracuse and Jamesville fire departments, as well as the DeWitt and East Syracuse police departments were on hand, and retired U.S. Army Colonel F. William Smullen III, of DeWitt, read a speech titled “Beyond Stone and Steel.”

"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,” said DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway, who chairs the memorial service.

Max Bregande, a senior at Jamesvill-DeWitt High School, read his essay on his recollection of the historical moment, and what the events of 9/11 mean to him 10 years later. Bregande was a second grade student at Moses DeWitt School at the time of the attacks.

The Liverpool Community Concert Band, directed by Blair Cummings, performed patriotic songs throughout the ceremony. From 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., Team Red, White & Blue, an organization founded by U.S. Army soldier Mike Erwin, of Syracuse, hosted a run/walk/bike along the Erie Canal path.

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