Connecticut joined the nation Tuesday in honoring those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with observances on the 11th anniversary.
Gov. Dannel Malloy, who's in China on a trade mission, said in a statement that the grief and sorrow felt for friends, neighbors and strangers is close to residents' hearts despite the time that has passed.
"It's a day to keep in mind the dangers we still face, a time to renew our resolve to keep each other safe from harm, and to give thanks to all those in uniform for the work they do," Malloy said.
The state's annual observances began Monday evening at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, where the names of 153 victims with state ties were read. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman told family members their presence "has meaning far beyond words" in reminding the nation of their sacrifice.
At the state Capitol, a replica of the Liberty Bell was rung 11 times Tuesday morning at 8:46 a.m., marking the time that the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center. A moment of silence followed at the ceremony conducted by the state Capitol police.
With bagpipes humming in the background, officials in Groton, including Mystic Fire Chief Frank Hilbert, raised a flag to half-staff in a ceremony at the Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Vocational Technical School. The event was organized by science teacher Sandi LaPierre-Jameson.
"I think it's important the students know how important it is - how dramatic it was for our country," LaPierre-Jameson told The Day of New London.
Last year in Middletown, the South Fire District dedicated a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, and now officials are looking to turn the area where it was placed into a memorial honoring those who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Mary Canty, of Durham, didn't just purchase a brick for Middletown's new 9/11 memorial - it was more personal than that.
Her younger brother, Michael, was working inside the World Trade Center when terrorists attacked.
"I always kind of find it hard to recognize the morning," she said. "I saw it on your show and thought, 'what a nice thing for me.' I drive by (the memorial) every day."
The years have passed, but the memories of that day remain. On Tuesday, Middletown's South Fire District unveiled its plans for a new memorial right next to the station on Randolph Road.
Last year the piece of steel from the World Trade Center site was dedicated and now firefighters are determined to finish the project.
The firefighters will build the memorial on their own.
The plans call for brick pavers that can be purchased and engraved. There will also be landscaping along with benches and lighting so people can come to reflect.
The entire project will be funded through donations.
"It's a place for everybody to come and remember," said Capt. Michael Howley. "I think everyone was touched that day no matter who you were or where you were. Here at the fire service, we're glad to have this at our firehouse for people to come down, remember and say a prayer."
And for that, Canty said she's grateful.
"It will be nice when it's finished," she said. "I'll get to come here every Sept. 11."
For more information about the South Fire District in Middletown, click here. To check out the station's Facebook page, click here.
Other events Tuesday included an observance in Bridgeport with a reading of names of emergency workers who died.
Malloy ordered state flags flown at half-staff on Tuesday. President Barack Obama also ordered U.S. flags to be lowered.
Copyright 2012 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.
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