Greater Danbury area municipalities are marking the 18th anniversary of 9/11. Danbury officials are hosting a ceremony at Elmwood Park on Main Street. It's earlier this year, starting at 5pm. There will be road closures leading to that portion of Main Street starting shortly before the ceremony, and lasting until about 6pm.
Bethel Fire & EMS is hosting a peaceful remembrance at 6pm on the lawn of the Bethel Municipal Center.
In Ridgefield, a ceremony will be held at 6:30pm at the monument on Danbury Road.
New Milford's ceremony takes place in the morning at their 9/11 monument. People are asked to gather at 8am, with the service starting at 8:46am. The apparatus bell will toll at that time. First responders will raise the flag, an invocation will be offered and there will be brief remarks by local and state officials. The National Anthem, God Bless America and Amazing Grace will be performed.
During the state's commemoration, the Jr ROTC from Bethel High School served as color guard. Rabbi Rachel Bearman of Temple B'Nai Chaim in the Georgetown section of Redding offered the invocation.
Some of the names were read by State Police En Con officer Alexandra Blackwell, whose father FDNY Lt Christopher Blackwell of Putnam Lake, responded to the World Trade Center. He was an Immaculate High School graduate and served as a New Fairfield Volunteer Firefighter. Other names were read by Newtown Police Officer Christopher Vadas, who also shared memories of his late brother, Bradley Vadas, with the crowd.