Gov. M. Jodi Rell led the state’s annual September 11 memorial service at Sherwood Island State Park, held on Sept. 9, joining relatives and friends to honor and celebrate the lives of 156 people with ties to Connecticut who were killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the skies over Pennsylvania.
The state’s memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks is located on a peninsula at Sherwood Island State Park where people gathered on 9/11 to observe lower Manhattan. Later, the park was used as a staging area for Connecticut’s relief efforts to New York City.
Gov. Rell noted that this year’s service is tinged with new sorrow by the death of Beverly Eckert of Stamford, whose husband was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center.
Eckert, who became a prominent activist for the families of 9/11 victims, died Feb. 12, 2009 in the crash of a commuter plane near Buffalo, NY. She had been en route to a celebration of what would have been her husband’s 58th birthday.
“Once again we honor the missing, remember their tremendous potential and gather to share comfort,” Gov. Rell said at the ceremony.
“And as we have, and always will, we also rededicate ourselves to the simple principle that we must go on. As Beverly Eckert did, we go on – and find that we have amazing strength, strength we did not know we possessed.
“Contrary to the hopes of the terrorists, 9/11 and the days that followed were days of extraordinary unity – days of strength and shared comfort. That strength and that shared comfort remain. They are right here, at this ceremony, among these people and among all who remember,” she said.
“We will never forget the lost – innocent men, women and children – on a plane, at the office, on the street – taken from us. We remember them, and we go on in strength. Our strength comes to us in many different ways – through faith, through memory, through sharing with others. But it is there, and it gets us through every single day.
“It gave Beverly Eckert the will to seek answers, to learn from 9/11 and to help prevent future attacks. It gives her sisters the will to fight for improved aviation safety in her name. And by our resolve, our commitment to remember and learn and improve, we continue to thwart those who hoped to break us down.
“We come here in strength. To remember and to mourn, but also to gain renewed purpose and resolve – renewed strength – to do those things and to be those people that the missing would want us to do and want us to be.”
Posted Sept. 10, 2008
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The Sept. 11 Digital Archive – http://911digitalarchive.org/
Digital Journalist – http://www.digitaljournalist.org/issue0110/seeing_intro.htm
St. Paul‘s Chapel NYC – Located directly across from the World Trade Center site, St. Paul’s Chapel, an Episcopal church, was home to an extraordinary eight-month volunteer relief effort after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “Unwavering Spirit,” a new interactive exhibit, honors that ministry and its legacy of love and compassion. http://www.saintpaulschapel.org/
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