Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman attended the state's 12th annual memorial ceremony honoring those lost in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"With each passing year, it is imperative that we never forget the innocent lives lost, the families who faced tragedy, and the brave and selfless acts of our first responders and civilians who committed extraordinary acts of heroism on that day twelve years ago," Malloy said in a statement Tuesday.
During the ceremony at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport Tuesday evening, the names of the state's 161 victims will be read aloud by family members.
Family of Joseph Lenihan leave a single white rose by his name every year. Lenihan was on the 89th floor of the South Tower 12 years ago when the country was attacked.
Lenihan's family said they come each year "in remembrance to him," and as "a tribute to him." They said it is important to "keep connected with the families" and discuss the past.
"For those who lost loved ones on that horrible day and in the military conflicts that followed, the pain will not disappear even as years stretch into decades," Wyman said in a statement Tuesday. "That is why it is so important that we, as a nation, and a state and a community, stand together in resolve to always honor their memory and what they meant to their families."
Former Gov. Jodi Rell, who was Lt. governor in Connecticut at the time of the 9/11 attacks, attended the ceremony. She told Eyewitness News about how important this park was that day.
Connecticut's memorial to the victims of the terror attacks is located on a peninsula at the park, which is where residents gathered to observe Lower Manhattan.
Rell said so much help was being offered to New York, they needed a staging area, which was the location of the memorial, so everyone wouldn't barrage the city.
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