NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Communities across Connecticut will once again honor those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks, 161 had ties to Connecticut.
Gov. Ned Lamont directed all U.S. and Connecticut flags to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds throughout the state on Sunday to honor those killed. Flags are also lowered in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II who passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday. President Joe Biden ordered all flags be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment.
The Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven, also known as the Q Bridge, will illuminate in red, white, and blue lights beginning at dusk on Saturday and Sunday. Beacons that can project light nearly six miles into the night sky will be lit both nights.
News 8 compiled a list of events marking 21 years since the attacks. See the list below, organized by date. If you know of a 9/11 memorial event, share it with us.
Sunday, Sept. 11
Avon: Avon Volunteer Fire Department’s memorial ceremony starts at 7:45 a.m. at the Avon Town Green. Refreshments to follow.
Fairfield County: The opening ceremony of this year’s CT United Ride starts at 10:30 a.m. in Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The 60-mile motorcade starts at 11:30 a.m., going through 10 towns in Fairfield County. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on riders along the route.
Madison: The community is invited to gather on the Madison Green at 5 p.m.
Milford: A ringing of the bells starts at 8:46 a.m. at Milford Fire Station Number 7 (55 Wheelers Farm Rd.).
New London: A ceremony led by U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival.
Plainfield: A candlelight ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Veterans Park next to the town hall).
Southington: A service starts at 8:46 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial in Plantsville on the corner of Summer and Main streets. The public is encouraged to arrive at 8:30 a.m.
West Haven: A flag-raising ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. at the William A. Soderman Memorial Flagpole in Bradley Point Park.
Thursday, Sept. 8
Westport: Connecticut’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. at Sherwood Island State Park. Family members of those who were killed in the attacks will participate, and the names of the 161 victims with ties to Connecticut will be read aloud.
Friday, Sept. 9
New Canaan: A ceremony on the front lawn of Town Hall starts at 9:59 a.m. Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony. All are welcome.
Windsor Locks: The Connecticut Fire Academy’s remembrance ceremony starts at 9 a.m. at 34 Perimeter Rd.