CT honors victims of 9/11 with in-person, virtual memorial ceremonies


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — People from all over the world will honor and remember those we lost on September 11th, 2001. Ceremonies were held across the state Friday morning in-person and virtually.

The passage of time has not faded the memories or pain of that day, 19 years ago.

To honor those who lost their lives, the City of Milford held a virtual ceremony. It was a safe way for the community to come together, and reflect as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

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Bridgeport also held a virtual ceremony, exactly at 8:46 a.m. Members in attendance included the Bridgeport Police and Fire Departments, as well as city leaders, and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. They all praised the heroic efforts of first responders on that day.

“We remember all of them who chose to run into that building, as so many others were running out,” Senator Chris Murphy said during the ceremony.

They stood united in word and prayer.

On Thursday, one by one, the names of the 162 who lost their lives and have ties here to Connecticut were read aloud at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport for the state’s annual 9/11 ceremony.

Lt. Governor Susan Bysewicz addressed the crowd, “While we continue to grieve and remember and think about the 3,000 lives lost, it’s important to remember that there are others who live on and live the legacies of those who were lost.”

Just like every year for the last 19 years, family members placed flowers at the memorial at Sherwood Island State Park.

9.11.01 memorial ceremony in Westport, CT – 9/10/2020

Governor Ned Lamont drew parallels between that grim year and this, the year of the pandemic. Both alike in pain, and in the heroism of first responders.

“They didn’t always wear a uniform, sometimes they did, maybe it was a nurse’s uniform or doctor or daycare operator or food service provider. And folks have just stood up every day not knowing what was out there with that invisible enemy did what they had to do,” the governor said.

Sherwood Island was picked as the spot for Connecticut’s 9/11 memorial because on a clear day, you would have been able to see the Twin Towers from there.

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