Batavia VFW hosts Patriot day to remember events of 9/11

  • A tear rolls down the cheek of Mary Ellen Hollis of Elmwood Park during the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute Friday in Batavia.

    A tear rolls down the cheek of Mary Ellen Hollis of Elmwood Park during the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute Friday in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • An unidentified group of men salute during the national anthem at the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute in Batavia.

    An unidentified group of men salute during the national anthem at the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • U.S. Marine Corps veteran Bill Gray sings the national anthem during the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute Friday in Batavia.

    U.S. Marine Corps veteran Bill Gray sings the national anthem during the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute Friday in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • U.S. Marine Corps veteran Bill Gray reads aloud the events that happened on Sept. 11, 2001, during the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute.

    U.S. Marine Corps veteran Bill Gray reads aloud the events that happened on Sept. 11, 2001, during the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • First responders pause for reflection during the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute Friday in Batavia.

    First responders pause for reflection during the Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary Patriot Day tribute Friday in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/11/2020 8:16 PM

The Batavia Overseas Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1197 and Auxiliary hosted a Patriot Day tribute Friday to honor everyone lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

About 125 people safely social-distanced themselves as they gathered on the 6-acre lawn behind the VFW building.

 

Country artist and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Bill Gray performed a free outdoor concert, pausing for a memorial reflection at exactly 7 p.m. to honor 9/11 and post-9/11 veterans and first responders.

Gray slowly read the events that took place that day 19 years ago.

"That was as tough to read as it was to hear," admitted Gray after finishing addressing the crowd.

Mary Ellen Hollis of Elmwood Park wiped away a tear as it rolled down her cheek during the program. She said she usually attends at least two ceremonies for Sept. 11.

"COVID-19 has over taken everything," Hollis said. " ... We will take back our country."

Local police and fire departments were on hand and recognized by the crowd after Gray thanked them.

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