9/11 Ceremony in Downtown Buffalo

September 11, 2011 Updated Sep 11, 2011 at 6:45 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

September 11, 2011 Updated Sep 11, 2011 at 6:45 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) A wreath is dropped into Buffalo's Inner Harbor this morning, as hundreds gathered to remember September 11th, 2001.

Mayor Byron Brown was among the speakers at the remembrance ceremony.

"Today, families from Buffalo, Western New York, and throughout the United States of America stand together as a measure of strength and remembrance. We will never forget September 11th," Mayor Brown said.

Politicians, community members, and religious leaders spoke of honoring those lost by uniting as one nation just as the United States did after the attacks in 2001.

Reverend Darius Pridgen spoke about people called to comfort others in the wake of tragedy.

"On 9/11, what changed? More than just the towers. More than just the lives of the families of those who lost loved ones. But we changed," Rev. Pridgen said.

"Our greatest strength comes from when we join together. When we take all of our gifts, and the strength and the courage of our citizens, and we join together and become greater than the sum of the parts," Rabbi Gary Pokras of Temple Beth Zion added.

And as Buffalo remembers September 11th, 2001, words like hero, courage, and bravery have all been used. But one phrase has been spoken more than any other; "God Bless America."