9/11 ceremony moves to Glenville

A photo from last year's annual ceremony, which will move to Glenville this year. — John Ferris Robben photo

A photo from last year’s annual remembrance ceremony, which will move to Glenville this year.
— John Ferris Robben photo

This year’s remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of several Greenwich residents will be moving to a new location, one the organizers feel is very appropriate,

The Greenwich September 11th Remembrance Committee and the Greenwich American Legion Post 29 recently announced that the 13th annual event marking the terrorist attacks will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11, in front of the Glenville Fire House at 266 Glenville Road and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Typically the ceremony has been at Town Hall but this year the change was made to mark a special remembrance of the attacks. The firehouse has a piece of the World Trade Center’s structure that was given to the community. According to Christopher Hughes, a Marine veteran and commander of the American Legion Post 29 who leads the ceremony, the location of the event has changed this year so that the monument erected from recovered from the twin towers “can serve as a focus of our remembrance.”

“The purpose of this 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,” Mr. Hughes said. “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 that they can place.

This year’s event will continue a tradition of candle lighting by the Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross as well as the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy leading the spiritual elements of the ceremony.

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. Parking for the event will be available behind the fire station and across the street at the nearby Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center.

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

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