WNY remembers the victims of 9/11

Posted at 1:02 PM, Sep 04, 2016

The American Red Cross is getting ready for 9/11 Day by planting close to 3,000 flags on the front lawn of the Clement Mansion as a tribute to those lost in the tragedy 15 years ago.

Each flag placed by the Western New York Families of September 11th represents a victim of the attacks.

"For us the flags represent the lives lost on September 11, 2001, 15 years ago. This is a time to reflect and remember them," said Leigh Macadlo, a member of the Western New York Families of September 11th.

Macadlo lost her twin brother, Leonard Castrianno, in the terrorist attack. 

"This year, the 15th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 event, the American Red Cross is humbled and honored to host the flag display assembled by the Western New York Families of September 11th and their volunteers," said American Red Cross Western New York Chapter Executive Director Chuck Marra. "It is a continued reminder to the Western New York community that 'we will never forget' this solemn anniversary."

The American Red Cross and 7 Eyewitness News are teaming up in support of 9/11 Day, offering a special blood drive to help honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded. The blood drive will be held at the Clement Mansion on Friday, September 9 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"September 11th was one of the darkest days in American history," said Red Cross Donor Recruitment Manager for the Buffalo District Vicki Smith. "Donating blood and giving the gift of life is a profound way to honor the victims we lost and the heroes who rose up to service on 9/11."

9/11 Day has become an annual day of service to honor the victims and heroes of that tragic day. Since it was launched in 2002, the observance has become the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the U.S. and was designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the U.S. Congress in 2009.

To Donate blood, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.