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U.S., CT flags to be flown at half-staff on Sunday for victims of 9/11

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Flags will at half-staff for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. (WFSB file photo) Flags will at half-staff for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. (WFSB file photo)

The governor announced that all United States and Connecticut flags will fly at half-staff on Sunday in honor of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. 

On Sept. 11 from sunrise to sunset, flags need to be flown at half-staff to remember  "the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks," the governor's office said. 

“The terrorist attacks of 2001 shook our entire nation, and here in Connecticut hundreds of family members and countless friends lost loved ones – innocent men, women, and children whose lives were forever impacted by senseless acts of hate," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in statement on Friday.   

There were 161 victims with ties to Connecticut who were killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the governor's office said. Those victims were remembered in a ceremony at the Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Thursday. Sherwood Island State Park was a staging area for Connecticut’s relief efforts to New York City in the days and weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks. 

Also, Malloy announced that the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven illuminated in red, white, and blue lights. The Q Bridge will be illuminated beginning at dusk on Saturday and continue on Sunday. The lights will remain on until 1 a.m. 

"No amount of time will ever cause us to forget.  With each passing year, we mourn those whose lives were taken all too soon, and we renew our resolve to celebrate the indomitable will and spirit of our nation, which cannot be broken,” Malloy said.

Malloy said Sunday residents should "take this day as an opportunity to honor first responder."

"Firefighters, police officers, and EMS workers – who constantly put the lives of others before their own, as we witnessed on that day fifteen years ago.  And we pray for the brave men and women of the United States military who have dedicated their lives to defending our values and protecting our nation,” Malloy said.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said 9/11 "is a guidepost in our national history – a day of remembrance and of unity." 

"We will never forget the thousands of citizens who perished in the attacks, or the resilience of the American people who rebuilt shattered lives and smoldering landscapes.  The brave men and women who responded by putting on a uniform, the tireless emergency workers from across the nation who delivered equipment and another set of helping hands, the medical providers, the educators, the philanthropists, and the everyday people who waited for hours to donate blood.  The legacy of those we lost is furthered by the millions of citizens who commit good acts and civic service in memory of a terrible moment in history and in service of a better tomorrow," Wyman said in statement on Friday.   

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