OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The streets of Oswego filled with red, white, and blue. Local, state, and federal service members, firefighters, police officers and honor guards saluted the dozens of vehicles as they drove by in complete silence.
“It’s just a time to reflect on where we were as a country, how far we’ve come, that day as a whole. You saw the very worst of what can happen and then later on as the day went on, you saw the very best,” said Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow.
On this day 18 years ago, more than 3,000 people were killed. A handful of Oswego firefighters were training in New York City during the attacks. Many responded to Ground Zero shortly after.
“It’s a significant event for this generation. It’s this generation’s Pearl Harbor, but I think it was much more real,” Chief Randy Griffin said.
A tragedy these first responders and others around America will never forget.
Griffin said, “It’s remembering that significance, it’s remembering the sacrifice that people made. Over 3,000 people lost their lives that day both on the planes and in the buildings. As well as first responders and first responders still continue to sacrifice, even today.”
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