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Local 9/11 remembrance ceremonies
Brighton/Greece, N.Y.- Events throughout the country and in the Rochester area were held to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks twelve years ago Wednesday.
On MCCs Brighton campus, two students who are military veterans and 15 years apart presented different perspectives of the 2001 terrorist attacks at a September 11 Remembrance Ceremony.
Adrian Hale, 24, student Senate speaker who served in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2012, gave the keynote address.
He was followed by Nelson Clark, 39, president of the Brighton Campus Student Government Association who was stationed in Egypt from 1991 to 1994.
The event was held on the September 11th Remembrance Walk.
The 9/11 memorial was erected in 2002 as a place for reflection and healing within the community.
And in Greece, a somber ceremony was held at the Ridge Road Fire department.
The keynote speaker was Nora Coco of Greece. Her brother was killed in the twin towers that fateful day.
Joseph Leavy was a fireman who was on the 78th floor of the south tower.
At Wednesdays ceremony, Coco reflected on her brothers life and how uplifting remembrance ceremonies can be.
It's still very reassuring that the support we received 12 years ago is still with us 12 years later, said Coco. The reason we were able to get through this horrendous day was because of people's care and support.
Coco said her brother, who was 45, was in the towers that day doing what he loved to do- helping other people.