A ceremony in Rochester Wednesday honored all of those impacted by the events of 9/11. The event was held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Highland Park.
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the military response which followed, created a new generation of veterans.
“Strong wave of patriotism, definitely,” said Laura Stradley, executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center. “I think a lot of people felt the compulsion to do their duty and step up and support our way of life, and thank God they did."
Jeff Klein was working in law enforcement for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2001. He was teaching a DARE class when he learned of the attacks. A Navy reservist, he was called to duty at ground zero following the attacks.
“I was in the military for 15 years,” Klein said. “And that was by far the most meaningful thing I've ever done."
Advocates for veterans stress the importance of providing necessary services for those who served in the military following the attacks.