Niagara Falls 9/11 memorial service canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions

Posted at 3:55 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 15:55:49-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Niagara Falls annual public memorial service remembering the lives lost in 9/11has been canceled for 2020.

The cancellation is due to concerns about public safety and COVID-19 restrictions. The city of Niagara Falls and the Fire Department say the decision was unfortunate but necessary.

“For the past 19 years, the Niagara Falls Fire Department has been holding a service to remember the events of 9/11. Due to the restrictions in social gathering, we must regrettably cancel this year’s memorial service. Ultimately, public safety is our greatest concern and we believe this is the right decision. We all must do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. We hope that public will privately honor the memory of those who died. We are hopeful that we will resume this tribute next year, on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,” said Niagara Falls Fire Department Chief, Joseph Pedulla, who oversees this memorial service.

Instead of a public gathering and service, residents are asked to privately honor the memory of those who died that day.