DeWitt (WSYR-TV) - A memorial in the town of DeWitt has been the scene of a 9/11 remembrance ceremony for 10 years. This year, however, the organizing committee decided they needed a break from organizing the event.
Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko says the municipality made a 10-year commitment to organizing the event. He says organizing the event is a great deal of work and no one in the community emerged to take it over.
“When you have a fire department there, your fire department’s out of service. When you have the police there, they’re out of service. So, again, all of those considerations need to be taken into account,” Michalenko said.
DeWitt resident Elaine Lostumbo was disappointed that the ceremony was discarded this year.
"I never heard there was any need. I certainly would have been one of the first ones to volunteer. I feel there should be an annual event, especially since we have an actual piece of the World Trade Center that so much work went into obtain it and erect this monument,” she said.
Lostumbo said she will be at the memorial on Tuesday with or without a ceremony.
Michalenko said the town will gauge the public’s interest to see if they can form a committee to organize the event next year.