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This Weekend's 9/11 Ceremonies in Fairfield County

A listing of memorial ceremonies marking 10 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

As we approach the , Fairfield County towns and citeis have planned numerous events and ceremonies giving residents the chance to come together and remember the tragedy of that day. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

 

DARIEN, Darien
Sunday at 9 a.m.

On Sunday morning, award-winning author and retreat leader Barbara Crafton will speak at the in Darien. Crafton was working at her New York City church, St. Clement’s in the Theatre District, on 9/11 where she and her parishioners held night-long volunteer shifts, offering refuge and comfort to police, firefighters, construction workers and mourners. From this experience, Crafton wrote “Mass in Time of War.”

Town's 9/11 Monument Ceremony
Darien's September 11 Memorial
Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Darien will honor the 10th anniversary with a ceremony at their September 11 memorial, located behind on Hollow Tree Ridge Road.

 

EASTON

Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Easton Volunteer Fire Company will remember 9/11 on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Easton Firehouse. Easton’s volunteer fire fighters have built a Memorial to the New York City Firefighters incorporating a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. On Sunday, 343 flags will be placed on the town green, representing the firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

 

FAIRFIELD

9/11 Film Screenings
, Fairfield
Saturday at 2 p.m., Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.

On Saturday, the library offers a screening of the iconic film, “9/11,” created by filmmakers and brothers Jules and Gedeon Maudet. On Sunday, the library will offer two screenings of “9/12: From Chaos to Community."

Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.,

This free exhibit honors the state’s first responders, social service agencies, and other businesses, organizations and individuals who took action and helped our community and nation recover.  “Connecticut Responds and Reflects” also features a collection of photographs by award-winning photographer Stephen Wilkes. The exhibit runs from September 3-18 and is open this weekend from noon-4 p.m.. On Sunday at 3 p.m., the Fairfield Museum will host an Interfaith Service led by clergy from local Jewish, Christian and Muslim congregations.
A National Requiem of Remembrance
, Fairfield
Sunday at 7 p.m.

Fairfield County Chorale is the local host for the national ten-year anniversary “Requiem of Remembrance Project” and will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Similar to the "Rolling Requiem" that occurred on the first anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, this year, the singing of Mozart’s Requiem will begin on the East Coast and roll from time zone to time zone. The Fairfield County Chorale will join choruses from Long Island to Hawaii in a wave of remembrance.

 

 
, Greenwich
Sunday at 11 a.m.

The museum will display the late Robert Rauschenberg’s print “I Love New York” in its front foyer. On Sunday, the museum will open at 11 a.m. free of charge and guests are invited to leave their personal memories and reflections.

At 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, there will be a service of remembrance held at , 395 Round Hill Road. The congregation's annual Rally Day Picnic, which is open to the public, will be held following the service at 11 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, the , 139 E. Putnam Ave., will hold a 9/11 remembrance as part of its annual homecoming weekend. The service will be followed by a barbecue luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

At 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, the Town of Greenwich will hold its official ceremony for the victims of 9/11 and their families. The ceremony, to be held in front of , 101 Field Point Road, will reportedly include a presentation of a wreath and flowers, a 21-gun salute, and special tributes to the first responders who died.

At 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, , 5 Perryridge Road, will hold a ceremony near the 9/11 memorial sculpture in the hospital's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Community Garden. The event will feature a keynote from Silas Seandel, the sculptor, who witnessed the attacks from his studio near ground zero.


NEW CANAAN
New Canaan Train station/
on Park Street
Sunday, procession at 4:45 p.m., ceremony at 5 p.m.

At 4:45, a first responders' procession will travel from the New Canaan Train Station to the plaza outside the Congregational Church. At the church, a memorial service will begin at 5 p.m. and include readings, psalms, prayers for wisdom and peace and hymns by area choirs. In case of rain, the service will be held at .


NORWALK

11th Annual CT United Ride

Norden Industrial Park, Norwalk
Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Over 3,000 motorcyclists from Connecticut and the surrounding states will gather in Norwalk’s Norden Industrial Park for ceremony that will begin at 10:30 a.m. Speakers include Lt. Governor Wyman, Congressman Himes, Senator Blumenthal, Mayors Moccia, Finch and several others. A flyover will take place at 10:50 a.m. Following the ceremony, close to 100 fire apparatus, including 20 ladder trucks creating arches for American flags, are expected to line the route as motorcyclists travel through 10 Fairfield County cities and towns. The public is invited out and encouraged to line the route.

 

REDDING
and the Town Green
Sunday at 5 p.m.

Redding Town Hall will be open to view the "9/11 Remembered by Redding" photo display sponsored by Redding Fire/EMS #1. At 5 p.m., the community will gather at the Town Green for a program, including Germantown Ancient Fife and Drum, flag retirement/taps, songs from Redding students and special guest speaker Major Daniel Carter of the U.S. Air Force Academy. At 6 p.m., there will be a patriotic themed Concert on the Green. In case of rain, the program will take place in the .

 

 

RIDGEFIELD
Parks and Recreation Field on Danbury Road
Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Ridgefield too will dedicate a 9/11 memorial on the 10th anniversary.  On Sunday, the Town of Ridgefield and the September 11 Memorial Committee will hold a ceremony and unveiling of the stone memorial at the Parks and Recreation field on Danbury Road. The cornerstone of the memorial is a steel beam from the World Trade Center, which arrived in Ridgefield on September 2, 2010.

SHELTON

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post 16

Members of the Post will be holding a ceremony to properly "retire" old, worn American flags by incinerating them, with reflection on the tragic events of 9/11. The public is invited to attend and scout groups are encouraged to attend in uniform with their unit colors.

Heroes Day at SportsCenter of Connecticut

Sunday, 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 by honoring members of Connecticut’s police force, fire departments, EMS, all members of the armed service and National Guard--and their immediate families with free use of the SportsCenter’s golf, baseball/softball facilities, ice-skating rink, lazer tag, fun bowl and Game Zone arcade.

STAMFORD

Flag Raising
The Anchor of Hope near the Pavilion at
, Stamford
Sunday at 11 a.m.

Stamford firefighters, police and EMS personnel will raise an American flag that was flown recently in Afghanistan by a U.S. Army captain from Stamford.
"A Community Gathering for Healing and Hope"
, Stamford
Sunday at 7 p.m.

and Mayor's Multicultural Council invite the public to a memorial and concert to remember 9/11.
The Friends of Ferguson Library’s 9/11 Commemoration
, Stamford
Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of Ferguson Library, the library will screen the short documentary “I Witness to 9/11,” featuring interviews with nine firsthand eyewitnesses who captured the footage on camera, followed by the History Channel companion piece “102 Minutes that Changed America." At 3:30 p.m., Deborah Del Vecchio-Scully, executive director of the Connecticut Counseling Association, will give a presentation 'Working through Grief, Loss, & Stress.”

TRUMBULL

Sunday

The Rev. Judith Semple Greene from Tashua in Trumbull will say a few words at the 9/11 Day of Observance program, to be held at in Trumbull. She will be one of other representatives from town organizations speaking that day.

First Selectman Tim Herbst will be joined by the Town Clerk and the Town Treasurer on the Town Hall Green at 8:46 AM and 9:03 AM, when they will lay wreaths to commemorate those that lost their lives 10 years ago.  At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower, followed by United Airlines Flight 175, which hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m.  After the wreaths are laid, the Town will observe two minutes of silence. 

Thereafter, the first selectman, police chief and other town officials will attend the Blue Mass Ceremony at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. The Blue Mass pays honor to emergency service personnel who lost their lives 10 years ago.

The CT United Ride is expected to pass through Trumbull on Main Street after 12 p.m.

WESTON

Weston Ceremony

Sunday at noon

Weston will remember 9/11 with a ceremony, including speakers and music.

WESTPORT

Connecticut's 9/11 Living Memorial
Sherwood Point,
, Westport

An ongoing memorial, the Black Cherry tree on Sherwood Point — visible from miles around — stands over Connecticut's 9/11 Living Memorial. The park was chosen for the memorial because on a clear day, the New York City skyline is visible from the point and on 9/11, people gathered could see the smoke rise over the World Trade Center. Parking fees for the park are waived on September 11 through the year 2025.
Ceremony Honoring Connecticut’s 9/11 First Responders and Volunteers
, Westport
Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m.

A ceremony will take place at Connecticut’s 9/11 Living Memorial in Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park to honor Connecticut’s first responders. The ceremony will feature remarks from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, United States Attorney David B. Fein, Bonnie McEneaney from Voices of September 11th and New York Police Department Deputy Inspector Andrew Savino.
“Tribute to First Responders” Benefit Concert
, Westport
Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The second annual “Tribute to First Responders” is a fundraising concert to benefit Westport’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS). The concert is a tribute to First Responders everywhere in memory of 9/11. DNR, described as "Fairfield County’s (Almost) All Physician Rock Band," will entertain with classic rock tunes. A suggested donation of $5 per person will benefit WVEMS.

WILTON
Wilton Fire Department’s 9/11 Ceremony

Sunday at 10 a.m.

Wilton will mark the 10th anniversary at the Wilton Fire Headquarters at the permanent monument to the five Wilton residents who died in the attacks, as well as New York City emergency workers who died. The ceremony will include tributes, prayer and music followed by a reception.

CTPati September 12, 2011 at 10:56 PM
I went to Fairfield and sang along with the Fairfield County Chorale 9/11 memorial performance of Mozart's Requiem. I had heard it, but never sung it before--and the acoustics of the St. Thomas Aquinas church, plus the powerful and elegant voices surrounding me--singing the moving composition--made it a very special experience. The soloists, the director and pianist were superb! A friend who is a member of the Fairfield County Chorale had sent a notice about this event, which was such an uplifting way to end the day of commemorating 9/11. I am so glad they did this.

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