Remembrance ceremonies are being held across Connecticut Wednesday morning to honor those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001.
Included in the ceremonies was a dedication of a new 9/11 memorial and garden in Middletown.
Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman joined Middletown firefighters and family members of those killed during the attacks to dedicate a new permanent memorial, which includes a piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers.
"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. "Let us pray for the brave men and women of the military that our state has lost in the ongoing battle to keep us safe since Sept. 11, 2001, including most recently an airman from New Fairfield who last week lost his life in Afghanistan while serving our country. For families and countless friends in Connecticut and in our neighboring states who lost loved ones that day, no amount of time will fill the void in their hearts. No amount of time will ever cause us to forget."
Wyman said it's important that we as a nation stand together.
"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. "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."
The ceremony was held at 8:30 a.m. at the memorial outside the South District Firehouse on Randolph Road. It also included a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first tower was struck.
"They were just doing their normal job that's what kills me," said Pat Raczka of Middletown. "That could have been any of us."
Middlefield resident Mary Canty spoke in honor of her brother, Michael Canty, who died in the attacks. Mary Canty said living in his memory through events in Middletown gives her strength.
"It's done so much for us to heal and to take something so sad and turn it into something good," Mary Canty said.
The ceremony officially dedicated a perminant memorial at the firehouse, a piece of steel from the second World Trade Center building, surrounded by benches and a garden. A quiet place for residents to come and remember and reflect.
Ceremonies were also held in Manchester, Bridgeport, Milford and East Haven.
The Avon Volunteer Fire Department also held a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at fire headquarters on Darling Drive. It honored the men and women of the FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority Police and the private EMTs and paramedics who made the ultimate sacrifice that day.
Students at the Annie Fisher school honored victims with the planting of 30 trees dedicated to those from Connecticut who lost their lives Sept. 11.
Malloy asked all residents to participate in the moment of silence Wednesday morning and has declared it "Honor our Heroes and Remembrance Day" in the state of Connecticut.
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