Giant flag hangs on closed Main Street during 9-11 service

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 September 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – The ladder trucks from the Albion and Medina fire departments hold up a giant American flag during a Sept. 11 memorial service this evening in Albion.

The fire trucks were parked on Main Street in front of the Courthouse Square. That section of Main, between Park and State streets, was closed for about an hour. There was an observance service at 6 p.m. to reflect on the terrorist attacks 14 years ago that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Veterans formed an Honor Guard in front of the Sept. 11 memorial by the Orleans County Courthouse. The veterans include, from left: Gary Befus, Joe Gehl and Mike Donahue.

Larry Montello served as chief organizer of two memorial services today, with a 10 a.m. observance at the Elks Lodge in Albion and this evening’s event by the courthouse.

Albion firefighter Tim Irwin sings the national anthem.

Firefighters from Albion and Medina attend the service by the memorial at Courthouse Square. There were 343 firefighters who died in New York City when the World Trade Center towers collapsed after being struck by airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001.

The big flag flies high on Main Street during the service.

Firefighters put the flag away following the memorial observance.