The 12th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks is being marked around Syracuse and Central New York with moments of silence.
In Syracuse, honor guards from city police and fire departments observed 17 minutes of silence at the Cityâ??s annual September 11th Commemoration Ceremony from 8:46 to 9:03 a.m. at the Forman Park Police Memorial.
Mayor Stephanie Miner says there were no speeches or announcements, which has been the tradition with the public ceremony. During the ceremony, two 5-foot pedestals were be erected to represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The pedestals each have a flagstone top on with 3-wick candles, which were lit to commemorate the lives and the families of loved ones lost on September 11, 2001.
The 17 minutes of silence represents the length of time between the first passenger jet striking the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. and the second passenger jet striking the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m.
At Syracuseâ??s Most Holy Rosary School on Bellevue Avenue, students sang "God Bless America" and offer readings at 9:11 a.m.
A memorial Mass was held at Syracuseâ??s Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School at 8:20 a.m.
In DeWitt, a wreath laying ceremony to honor the lives of those lost in the attacks. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the DeWitt Town Hall Front Lawn at 5400 Butternut Drive. Manlius Police Captain Kevin Schafer will present the wreath.
At Syracuse University, a meditation will be held in a small chapel at Hendricks Chapel.
The Marine Honor Guard will host a short ceremony and presentation of the flag at the 2013 Parade of Homes in the Town of Lafayette at Jamesville Grove Estates at 5:15 p.m.
In Phoenix, the Phoenix Fire Department raised a flag in front of Emerson J. Dillon Middle School and students dressed in red, white and blue, according to Kara Maher, a teacher at the school.