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Connecticut Honors 9/11 Anniversary By Lighting Bridge, Lowering Flags

The QBridge in NewHaven will be lit red, white & blue this weekend to commemorate the anniversary of September11.
The QBridge in NewHaven will be lit red, white & blue this weekend to commemorate the anniversary of September11. Photo Credit: Gov. Dannel Malloy via Twitter

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – U.S. and state of Connecticut flags should fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Sept. 11, in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

All state, local, municipal, corporate, and other flags should also be lowered.

In addition, the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven – known as the Q Bridge – will be illuminated in red, white, and blue lights beginning at dusk on the evenings of Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced.

Beacons capable of projecting light nearly 6 miles into the clear night sky will be lit until 1 a.m.

“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," Malloy said. "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."

There are 161 victims with ties to Connecticut who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The State of Connecticut’s memorial to the victims is located at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, where people gathered on that day to observe the devastation of the attacks on Lower Manhattan across Long Island Sound. The site was also used in the following days and weeks as a staging area for Connecticut’s relief efforts to New York City. The state's annual memorial ceremony was held there last Thursday. ( Click here to read the story at the Daily Voice.)

“We also take this day as an opportunity to honor first responders – firefighters, police officers, and EMS workers – who constantly put the lives of others before their own, as we witnessed on that day 15 years ago," Malloy said. "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.”

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said, “September 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," Wyman said. "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.”

For a list of memorial events scheduled for Sunday in Fairfield County, click here .

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