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Families, first responders, leaders gather to remember lives lost on 9/11

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The 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park (WFSB) The 9/11 memorial at Sherwood Island State Park (WFSB)
WESTPORT, CT (WFSB) -

It was a somber remembrance at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Thursday, where state leaders joined first responders and families to remember the men and women killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Vincent Forras was a volunteer firefighter in Westchester County, New York 15 years ago.

"It’s hard to believe its 9/11, plus 15 right now and we are standing here in this beautiful setting,” Forras said on Thursday night at the state Sept. 11 ceremony in Westport. "I remember that day like it was yesterday."

He said he spent almost three weeks at “ground zero” during the rescue and recovery efforts.

On Thursday evening, he took part in the ceremony to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The reason why Sherwood Island State Park in Westport was chosen for the memorial is because those who were at the park on the day of the attacks said you could actually see across the water to New York City on that clear September day.

Chris Vadas was one of the organizer's at Thursday’s ceremony. His brother Brad worked as a broker on the 89th floor at the World Trade Center.

"I think about my brother daily, he was just such a free spirit, smart guy and this just gets my family, my son, my daughter, my mother and stepfather, we come down here it's just a chance for us to remember him,” Vadas said.

Brad’s name is one of the 161 people with Connecticut ties, now etched in stone at the memorial at Sherwood Island State Park.

"I just want people to remember what the victim's went through, what their families went through, what the families are still going through,” Vadas said.

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