Southwestern Connecticut remembers the victims of 9/11
Victims of the tragedy at Ground Zero were remembered at nearly a dozen local ceremonies in Southwestern Connecticut Thursday.
In Greenwich, a memorial service was held Thursday night that honored the 23 victims the town lost on 9/11. On the steps of Town Hall sat an empty chair draped with the Flag of Honor that lists every victims' name. The town also recognized the police, fire and EMS workers. They vowed never to forget, but to look to the future.
In Weston, a small, quiet ceremony was held at the town green. Local Boy Scouts raised the American flag as family members of six Weston residents killed on 9/11 placed flowers on a granite bench created in their honor.The town of Darien came to a halt Thursday morning for three minutes to observe a moment of silence. Town employees, firefighters and police officers gathered at Town Hall to lower the flag to half-staff.In Stamford, the Westhill Gospel Choir sang "America the Beautiful" before dozens of people gathered in Veterans Park. They bowed their heads at 8:46 a.m., marking the time the first hijacked plane flew in to the World Trade Center's North Tower.In Stratford, bells rang 5-5-5 to signify the loss of five firefighters, police officers and civilians. Emergency services and residents gathered on the Town Hall Green. The bells chimed at 9:59 a.m., the time the second tower collapsed. The bells were followed by a moment of silence.Norwalk held a memorial service in the atrium inside City Hall. During the ceremony, Mayor Alex Knopp said the community will never forget the 13 people from Norwalk who were killed in the attack. Knopp also said that a memorial honoring those victims is in the works.Thursday morning's ceremony in Fairfield ended with police and firefighters singing "God Bless America." The event began with a prayer, and then the attendees joined the rest of the country in a moment of silence at 8:46.At Fairfield University, a prayer service was held for the 14 alumni who were killed in the attacks. The service took place in front of a campus memorial that contains part of a steel beam from the Twin Towers along with the names of those who were killed.At the State Capitol in Hartford, lawmakers gathered to remember the 151 total victims from Connecticut. A ceremony included music by the Asylum Hill Congregational Church choir. Legislators and community members also took turns watering a small tree that was planted last year and dedicated to the memory of the 9/11 victims.And hundreds of people, including Governor Rowland (R-CT), turned out for a special mass at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport, where the governor told the congregation that September 11 is a day to renew the spirit of humanity.Click here to watch a video covering the Bridgeport mass.