By JEN CARDINES
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 lives were lost in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93 when terrorists hijacked four planes to deliberately crash them into national buildings.
Every year since the tragedy, Southington residents have gathered to remember the victims, the first responders, and the families that lost their loved ones.
Many different events are scheduled to honor 9/11 in Southington this year. All events are open to the public.
At precisely 8:46 am, townspeople will gather at the 9/11 memorial site of twin granite tablets located at the corner of Summer Street and West Main Street in Plantsville. The memorial’s materials and labor were donated by Mathieu Memorials in 2003 to monument first responders and citizens who lost their lives.
All town residents are invited to join members of the Southington Fire Department, the Southington Police Department, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Kiltonic Post 72, local veteran support groups, town and state officials, and other community leaders for a brief memorial service.
At 1 p.m., members of the Southington American Legion post will meet with delegates from American Legion Post 751 at the legion hall at 66 Main St. Members of the local legion will greet delegates from Post 751, located in Southington, Ohio.
At 2 p.m., The Summit at Plantsville Health Care and Rehabilitation Center is hosting Al Leone, a nationally known entertainer, for a special event to honor veterans and first responders.