Town to honor victims of 9/11 at memorial event

American flagIn recognition of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Greenwich September 11th Remembrance Committee and the Greenwich American Legion Post 29 will hold a memorial event on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in front of Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to honor the memory of the Greenwich residents and all those killed on this day in the twin towers, the Pentagon and on flight 93. The event will include music, wreath and flowers presentations, a 21-gun salute and a tribute to first responders. The public is also welcomed and encouraged to bring flowers to place during the ceremony.

This year’s event will continue a tradition of candle lighting by the Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross.

But this is not meant to just be a recollection of the past. Christopher Hughes, the event organizer and a former United States Marine said that there will be attention paid to the conflict the country faces today.

“We will also focus on the three terrorist attacks since 2001: Fort Hood, the consulate in Benghazi and the Boston Marathon bombing,” Mr. Hughes, American Legion Commander for Post 29, said. “It is important that we recognize the real threats that continue to exist in the world today.”

The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to bring friends and family.

In addition to music and prayers, the Greenwich Fire Department, Greenwich Police Department and GEMS honor guards will perform a special tribute and salute.

The event will take place rain or shine and organizers say it will run about 40 minutes.

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