ELYRIA — People gathered Monday in Ely Square to remember and honor the 2,947 people who died during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Solemnly holding candles, the crowd of about 75 people listened as songs like Don Henley’s “New York Minute” and Amy Grant’s “I Will Remember You” played. The music was interspersed with excerpts of speeches delivered by former President George W. Bush and news reports from that day.
The Elyria Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079 presented the colors as a bugler played the national anthem while people stood and either covered their hearts or saluted.
The crowd was led in prayer by the Rev. Tommie Harris, who later sang a song of praise. When it got dark, a video about the attacks of Sept. 11 was projected on to a screen.
Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda said it’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years since the attacks. Brinda said if there is one positive that came out of the attacks, it is that those who died did not die in vain.
“In a time when our country is so divided, it’s so heartening to see Elyria so united,” she said. “There’s so many more things that bring us together than separate us, and I’m sure those individuals who suffered the ultimate fate on 9/11 never thought they were going to be a symbol for unification in our country.”