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Syracuse honors 9/11 victims with moment of silence

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Syracuse honors 9/11 victims with moment of silence
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The process of healing continued throughout New York and the nation as many communities gathered to remember those who lost their lives on September 11. While all acknowledged the events of that day eleven years ago were tragic, some also said they took comfort in uniting to show the memories of the dead won't be forgotten. Our Sarah Blazonis was at a memorial service in Syracuse where actions spoke louder than words.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- No proclamations were read in Fayette Firefighter's Park Tuesday. No memories were shared and no prayers were offered, at least, not out loud.

"Maybe words just don't measure up. I thought the silence was appropriate and beautiful," said First Deputy Chief Charlie Duffy with the Syracuse Fire Department.

A 17 minute moment of silence made up Syracuse's memorial to 9/11 victims. It symbolized the gap between the times the first and second planes hit the World Trade Centers.

"It gave everybody a time to reflect on those events. Not listening to anything with a human spin on it, just remembering where we were on that day," said First Deputy Chief Duffy.

Many in the crowd said that despite the passing of 11 years, it's a date that remains clear in their memories.

"Several of us coming together moments after the first strike. And then the second one, we were all pretty well in shock," said Syracuse resident Dennis Brogan.

The three candles lit during the ceremony are meant to symbolize the firefighters, police and average citizens who lost their lives that day. Even those at the service who were very young when the attacks occurred say it's important their legacy lives on.

Justin Techmanski was only two-years-old in 2001. For him, the quiet of the park was filled with the stories told to him by relatives of what that day meant for the country.

"My father being the police force, I wanted to just come and honor the people that've lost their lives and give hope and feelings to the families of the lost," said Techmanski.

But perhaps most of all, this yearly silence is a promise to the thousands of victims.

"There's the old bumper sticker, 'Never forget,'" said Duffy. "I know there's no firefighters that will ever forget this." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP