Sept. 11 memorial ceremony to take place at Westport's Sherwood Island

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Andres Lopez , 5th grader at Geraldine W. Johnson School in Bridgeporl, lays a rose at the memorial during the State of Connecticut's 18th annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony honoring and celebrating the lives of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Conn. Family members of those who were killed in the attacks participated, and the names of the 161 victims with ties to Connecticut were read aloud.

Andres Lopez , 5th grader at Geraldine W. Johnson School in Bridgeporl, lays a rose at the memorial during the State of Connecticut’s 18th annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony honoring and celebrating the lives of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Conn. Family members of those who were killed in the attacks participated, and the names of the 161 victims with ties to Connecticut were read aloud.

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WESTPORT — The state’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, honoring the lives of those killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, will take place on Sept. 9 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

Family members of those who were killed in the attacks will participate, and the names of the 161 victims with ties to Connecticut will be read aloud, officials said. The event is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Connecticut’s official memorial honoring the victims of the attacks is on a peninsula at the state park. It features a memorial engraved with the names of the people with ties to Connecticut who were killed in the attacks.

According to Gov. Ned Lamont’s office Sherwood Island was chosen as the site for the memorial because “it is the location where, in the hours following the attacks, many people gathered to observe the devastation on Lower Manhattan from across Long Island Sound. The site was also used by the Connecticut National Guard in the days immediately following as a staging area for Connecticut’s relief efforts to New York City.”

The memorial ceremony typically doesn’t take place on Sept. 11 itself, to accommodate family members and friends of the victims — many of whom also attend the annual ceremony that is held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City on the morning of Sept. 11.

For those who cannot attend in person, it is anticipated that the Connecticut Network will stream the ceremony live online at www.ct-n.com. An on-demand video will also be made available on the website shortly after its conclusion.