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Connecticut Prepares For 9/11 Memorial Ceremony At Sherwood Island

A child places a white rose on the 9/11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport at a past ceremony.
A child places a white rose on the 9/11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport at a past ceremony. Photo Credit: File
The state's 9/11 memorial service during a past year.
The state's 9/11 memorial service during a past year. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Family and friends of people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks gather at the state's 9/11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport during a past ceremony.
Family and friends of people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks gather at the state's 9/11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport during a past ceremony. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – As the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaches, the public is invited to attend the State of Connecticut’s annual Memorial Ceremony to honor and celebrate the lives of those killed on that terrible day.

The ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, which is home to the state's 9/11 memorial.

Family members of those who lost their lives in the attacks will participate in the ceremony, and the names of the 161 victims with ties to Connecticut will be read aloud.

Connecticut’s official memorial to the victims of the attacks is located on a peninsula at the state park, where residents gathered on that day in 2001 as they observed the devastation of the attacks on Lower Manhattan across Long Island Sound.

The site was also used as a staging area for Connecticut’s relief efforts to New York City.

Every year since the attacks, the state of Connecticut has held its official memorial ceremony on an evening before the anniversary in order to accommodate victims’ family members and loved ones, many of whom live in the state and also attend observances in New York City on the anniversary.

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