Connecticut remembers 9/11 with memorials, commemorations around the state

Brooklyn firefighters George Johnson, left, of ladder 157, Dan McWilliams, center, of ladder 157, and Billy Eisengrein, right, of Rescue 2, raise a flag at the World Trade Center in New York, in this Sept. 11, 2001 photo, as work at the site continues after hijackers crashed two airliners into the center. In the most devastating terrorist onslaught ever waged against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center, toppling its twin 110-story towers. This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks. (AP Photo/Thomas E. Franklin/The Record (Bergen Co. NJ)

Brooklyn firefighters George Johnson, left, of ladder 157, Dan McWilliams, center, of ladder 157, and Billy Eisengrein, right, of Rescue 2, raise a flag at the World Trade Center in New York, in this Sept. 11, 2001 photo, as work at the site continues after hijackers crashed two airliners into the center. In the most devastating terrorist onslaught ever waged against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center, toppling its twin 110-story towers. This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks. (AP Photo/Thomas E. Franklin/The Record (Bergen Co. NJ)

Never forget. They’re words we hear every September, and words we’ll never forget.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. As we commemorate another year, we want to honor the the lives that were lost, and remember the Connecticut residents among them. Click here for a full list of names of the 161 from our state who died that day.

The state’s official memorial is on Sherwood Island, which held its annual ceremony on Thursday night.

However, places around the state will be holding their own memorials throughout the weekend as we approach the 11th on Sunday. Here is a list of some ceremonies we're aware of, and please email newsteam@fox61.com if you know of other ceremonies that should be added to the list:

  • Diocesan Blue Mass: Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas, located at 1719 Post Road in Fairfield
  • Blue Mass Hartford: Procession along Farmington Avenue begins at 10:30 a.m. and leads to the cathedral church of the archdiocese, which will hold a commemorative liturgy at 11 a.m.
  • East Haven memorial service: A ceremony will be held on the Town Green on Sunday, where a 9/11 monument stands in the southwest corner, beginning at precisely 8:46 a.m., the time the first tower was hit. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m.
  • Manchester annual ceremony: A ceremony will be held in Manchester's Memorial Garden, which is dedicated to the victims of 9/11 and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The garden is located at 331 Tolland Turnpike in Manchester, and the ceremony will begin on Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Milford 5K: A remembrance race will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday starting at the Woodruff Family YMCA, located at 361 Orange Avenue in Milford. Register here.
  • Middlefield 9/11 remembrance: A ceremony will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the memorial next to the Middlefield Fire House, located at 406 Jackson Hill Road.
  • New London commemoration: The City Pier will host a ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, to honor both the centennial of the Naval Submarine Base New London, as well as 9/11. A flag retirement ceremony will mark the occasion.
  • Southington commemoration: An event will be held at the town's memorial, located at the corner of Summer and West Mainstreet in the Plantsville section of town, beginning at precisely 8:46 a.m.
  • South Windsor memorial dedication: A new memorial at the South Windsor Fire Headquarters, located at 1175 Ellington Road in South Windsor, will be dedicated on Sunday, September 11 at 7 p.m.