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Remembering 9/11 from dawn until dusk

Posted at 11:44 AM, Sep 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-11 18:25:49-04

On the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and our country, an American flag and the Flag of Honor will be moving continuously around the Delaware Park Agassiz Circle Entrance from dawn until dusk.

Team Red, White and Blue of Buffalo is hosting the tribute for the fourth year in a row to remember and honor those that lost their lives in the attacks on September 11, 2001, as well as the service men and women who were killed or injured in the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The morning began with the presentation of the colors by the United States Air Force Niagara Falls Base Honor Guard, the playing of "Taps" and a moment of silence.

Member of Team RWB, Dan Frontera served in the military for 21 years. September 11, 2001 will forever hit close to home for him, as his military unit served at Ground Zero that night.

"Having been there, having seen members of FDNY, having seen red trucks, seeing community members digging through the rubble trying to help... seeing the devastation... watching it on TV and then you arrive... it's like 'wow'," said Frontera.

He recalled that day like yesterday, and reflected on how times have changed.

"If you look back at the way our country was and the days immediately following - people giving their blood, people putting flags up outside of their house, people cheering for our country, thanking the military... it's become passé now...," said Frontera. ".45% of this population have ever worn this uniform... how many people have even realized that we have continued at war from that date all the way through 2014 and now we're back in Iraq again and we never left Afghanistan."

Frontera looked back during the tribute, as it reminded him of all the great people he met throughout the years.

"To be part of this to me is very comforting," Frontera said. "It's like being back in a unit again. It's being back with people that I care about. We share a common bond, we share something together. It's commemorating something that I experienced 15 years ago. Being here with people who I love and I care about because I know I'm safe with them, I know I'm okay with them, I know I can be who I really feel comfortable being."

He urged the community to say 'thank you', by holding tributes like Team RWB was able to do.

"We were a country. It didn't matter the color of your skin or what you believed in. We were a country. and now we're back to a point where I feel like we've disconnected. Having people come out here and do this and having people come out who are from a different walk of life than I am and being part of carrying a flag, being part of wearing a shirt, realizing what this means is a great piece."

By 5 p.m., Team RWB organizers tell 7 Eyewitness News reporter Paola Suro that around 200 people came out and ran to remember, and never forget.