Governor Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz invite members of the public to attend the Connecticut State’s annual 9/11 memorial service, honoring and celebrating the lives of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
This year’s ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Family members of those killed in the attacks will participate, and the names of the 161 victims with Connecticut connections will be read aloud.
State of Connecticut official memorial Honoring the Victims of the Bombings is located on a state park peninsula, where, on a clear day, the Manhattan skyline can be seen across Long Island Sound. It features a memorial engraved with the names of people with Connecticut connections who were killed in the attacks. The state park was chosen as the site for the memorial because it is the place where, in the hours following the attacks, many people gathered to observe the devastation of Lower Manhattan from Long Island Sound. The site was also used by the Connecticut National Guard in the days immediately following as a staging area for relief efforts from Connecticut to New York City.
Each year, the state of Connecticut purposely holds its ceremony on the eve of the anniversary itself to welcome family members and friends of the victims. Because Connecticut is so close to New York City, many people who have lost loved ones in the attacks also attend the annual ceremony held at the World Trade Center site on the morning of September 11.
For those who cannot attend in person, it is expected that the Connecticut Network will broadcast the ceremony live online at www.ct-n.com. A video on demand will also be available on the website shortly after its conclusion.