Remembering 9/11: State, towns plan commemorative events
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes will be the keynote speaker at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Tuesday at 5:30 at Housatonic Community College. Himes will headline a group of speakers that will includes HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki and HCC psychology professor Jack Sopchak, who will lead a discussion of the tragedy and its impact. As part of the remembrance, a selection of photos from Housatonic's art museum will be on display. Also on display will be a 9/11 quilt made in 2001 by HCC students, faculty and staff. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage on Lafayette Boulevard.
Fairfield University will commemorate 9/11 with a series of events during the week to honor the 14 alumni who died in the attacks.
Beginning on Wednesday and continuing through Sunday, there will be a Circle of Remembrance at the Barone Campus Center Traffic Circle. Students, faculty and staff are being invited to leave their thoughts and remembrances written on postcards that will be provided on "Reflection Walls" set up on campus.
On Thursday at 4 p.m., "Remembering 9/11: An Interfaith Prayer Service" will take place at 42 Bellarmine on the southwest corner of the campus. Sponsoring the service are the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, the Office of Mission and Identity, and the Center for Catholic Studies.
On Friday, the 12:10 p.m. daily Mass in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola will be offered in remembrance of the victims of 9/11. It will be followed by a 1 p.m. ceremony at the "Circle of Remembrance," with a reflection by the Rev. Charles Allen, assistant to the president, music by the Fairfield University Glee Club, and the planting of American flags in the circle. At the end of the ceremony, there will be a procession to Alumni House and a section of a steel beam, once part of the New York World Trade Center. A reception follows the ceremony.
The five-day commemoration of 9/11 at Fairfield University will culminate in a 10-year anniversary Mass on campus in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola Sept. 11 at 11 a.m.
A new 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. It was created by David Boyajian, of New Fairfield, and Matt Rink, of Redding, two Alfred University graduates, to mark the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the twin towers. The new installation complements the existing 9-11 Living Memorial, a 9-foot-long granite memorial stone on a nearby one-third-acre point in Sherwood Island that faces Manhattan.
The Monroe Street Rodders Car Club will conduct a 9/11 observance ceremony on Saturday at Bill's Drive-In on Route 111 in Monroe. The club will be honoring the employees, firefighters, police officers, and civilians who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.
Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst will be joined by the town clerk and the town treasurer on the Town Hall Green at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., when they will lay wreaths to commemorate those that lost their lives 10 years ago. Thereafter, Herbst will lead the town in a day of remembrance and prayer at St. Stephens Church. Bishop William Lori will be in attendance. Residents of all faiths are invited to attend the hourlong service.
From 3 to 5 p.m., the Fairfield Clergy Association, the Tent of Abraham Interfaith Group, the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport and the Fairfield Museum will join together for an event at the Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road. The event will begin with a Service of Remembering, Honoring, and Rebuilding that will take place on the Old Town Green behind the Fairfield Museum. It will be moved indoors in the event of rain. For those who choose, there will then be an opportunity to go inside the museum to participate in small-group Sacred Listening Circles. These circles, facilitated by local clergy and lay leaders, will provide an opportunity for individuals to reflect more personally. The Fairfield Museum will also have a photographic exhibition remembering 9/11 on display.
The annual CT United Ride motorcycle ride will begin in Norwalk at Norden Park and will travel 60 miles through Fairfield County ending in Bridgeport at the beach. The 60-mile ride will travel through 11 towns with a State Police motorcycle escort. It will end with a 5-mile parade through Bridgeport which will travel south on Park Avenue and end in Seaside Park. Local fire departments along the route will be hanging American flags. All bikes are welcome at a cost of $25 per rider. Pre-register at Captain's Cove Marina in Bridgeport from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday or register on ride day from 8 to 11 a.m. For information go to www.ctunitedride.com.
The Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle club, whose members attend the funerals of U.S. Armed Forces members, firefighters, and police officers at the invitation of the family of the deceased, have made an independent film about the organization, its mission and how it all got started. The film will be screened at the Bridgeport Bijou Theater, 275 Fairfield Ave, in downtown Bridgeport at 4 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person. For information, go to www.patriotguard.com.
Captain's Cove Seaport will host its Remember September event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Connecticut Fallen Heroes Foundation and the Sikorsky Finance Women's Forum.
The Scout Troops and Cub Packs of Shelton will host Shelton Scouting in Action at the Shelton Riverwalk from 3 to 6 p.m. The White Hills Remote Control Flying Club will be flying their planes and a few youths will be chosen to pilot them. The event will begin with a flag retirement ceremony and a Sept. 11 commemoration honoring the emergency responders. Additional activities include a teepee village, model campsite, cooking, orienteering, games and pioneering activities. For information contact the Housatonic Council Scout Service Center at 203-734-3329 or visit housatonicbsa.org.
In Newtown, a 9/11-themed concert will take place 3 p.m. at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St. The program will include works by Mozart, Bach and Mendelssohn. An informal reception will follow.
The Scouts of Connecticut Yankee Council, family, friends, and members of the public will pay respects to those who lost their lives and those who gave their lives saving others on September 11, 2001, at a special event at the Jewish Community Center of Eastern Fairfield County on from 6 to 8 p.m.
Participants can view the movie, "New York Says Thank You," and take part in a memorial ceremony. Scouts and leaders are requested to be in full uniform. All Connecticut Yankee Council Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers and Leaders, along with family, friends and members of the public are welcome to participate. Contact Bill Ference by email at email@example.com.
The Easton Volunteer Fire Company has received a piece of steel from the World Trade Center Towers and has built a memorial to the New York firefighters, first responders and all who were lost when the Twin Towers fell during the 9/11 attack. The town will dedicate the memorial Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Easton Firehouse at 1 Center Road, Easton. For more information call 203-545-3578.
Sacred Heart University will host a colloquium, "9/11 Ten Years Later: What Have We Learned and Where Are We Going?" at 3 p.m. The session will address the changes and transformations that have taken place because of 9/11. It will take place in SHU's University Commons, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield. It is free and open to the public.
The U.S. District Attorney's Office is co-hosting a Ceremony Honoring Connecticut's 9/11 First Responders, to honor the law enforcement officers, fire personnel, emergency workers and volunteers who helped during 9/11 and the aftermath. The ceremony is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Connecticut's 9-11 Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.