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Candlelight ceremony held at Highland Park to honor 9/11 victims

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TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) -- Dozens of people filled the lower level of Highland Park at the remembrance garden for Tuesday night's ceremony. 

Local leaders, first responders and residents in the community joined forces to remember those who tragically lost their lives seventeen years ago on September 11. 

"It's a way to honor them in sort of a quiet compassionate way to let them know that we don't forget and that their sacrifice is something that we hold dear," said GFWC Tri-Cities Women's Club President Dorothy Bachman. 

There were also musical performances at the ceremony. 

"The Maine Community Band tries to support events like this and they're having this event so that we don't forget what happened on September 11 and we're here to support them," said Bill Clark a member of the Maine Community Band. 

Bob Suflita of Endicott makes a point to go the ceremony year after year. He lost his cousin in 2001 during the 9/11 attacks. 

"My first cousin Joanne Powell unfortunately had her son Joseph Sisolak pass away on 9/11," he said. "He was on the ninetieth floor and every year I try not to never miss it. It's a beautiful ceremony here."

Sisolak's headstone sits in the garden along with other people who lost their lives on that day. 

He was only 35-years-old when he passed away.

"Unfortunately he passed away way before his time and yes something that definitely our family remembers, every year," explained Suflita. 

The ceremony ended with lit up candle lights and a moment of silence. 

The remembrance garden in Highland Park also displays a steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers.

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