Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Wednesday marks the fourth anniversary of one of the most tragic events to hit the city of Binghamton: the American Civic Association shootings.
This tragic event hits close to home for Lubomyr Zobniw. His wife Maria was one of 13 gunned down April 3, 2009.
"The event that took place here, it makes it very difficult for me to pass this building," Zobniw said.
Zobniw says this year's memorial brings him hope for the future.
"For the past three years or more, most of my thoughts were in the past. This year I'm also, one foot is in the future, which my wife would have been eager," Zobniw said.
Dozens gathered in front of the ACA for a moment of silence and prayers for those lost.
"My aunt was shot. She was working here. It's important to be here to respect her memory and how she helped people," Maryan Chebursky said.
Helping people is exactly what the American Civic Association continues to strive to do.
Each year the memorial is hosted, means one more year of success for the ACA.
"It's important for people to cope with what they had to go through when the tragedy happened," Chebursky said.
Some wondered Wednesday how much longer the memorial services will continue.
"There's always a hope that something will become a tradition, but as it happens things become history," Zobniw said.
With a new Memorial Park being built, many have hope their memories will live on more than once a year.
The construction of Memorial Park at Clinton and Front streets is nearly complete.
A dedication is expected sometime this spring.