People in our area and across the country paused to remember the attacks that happened 17 years ago yesterday.

People in our area and across the country paused to remember the attacks that happened 17 years ago yesterday.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.

The annual World Trade Center ceremony included a moment of silence to observe when the flights struck the north and south towers, and the reading of the names of victims of the 2001 and the 1993 attacks.

Several ceremonies in our area honored the victims who lost their lives 17 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.

During a ceremony at Irondequoit Town Hall, bells rang in honor of police, firefighters, and innocent civilians who died on Sept. 11 The ceremony took place at 8:46 a.m. -- the exact time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Monroe Community College held a ceremony followed by a memorial service at its September 11th Memorial.

"Our hearts were broken and the pain and suffering continue today, but our resolve was steel and in the end, those who sought to divide us, united us," State Sen. Rich Funke said.

A message on the memorial at MCC reads: "Our heroes are always in our hearts. In one morning our world changed forever. Let us honor the sacrifices of September 11, 2001 by living our lives in freedom.

In Brockport, the volunteer fire department hosted its annual event at its station on South Main Street.