By TAYLOR HARTZ
To commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, a brief ceremony will be held at the site of the 9/11 memorial on West Main Street in Plantsville.
The Southington Fire Department and Southington Police Department will be joined by town leaders and members of the Knights of Columbus, the American legion, and other local veterans’ organizations.
On Friday, Sept. 11, citizens are encouraged to attend the service, which will be held at 8:46 a.m.—the time the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center 14 years ago.
Roger Mathieu, of Mathieu Memorials in Southington, donated the tower-shaped statues to the town and has helped to organize the remembrance ceremony in past years.
“Through the years the Southington community has demonstrated its deep compassion in remembering and honoring the 2,967 innocent people,” said Mathieu, “including hundreds of first rescuers who lost their lives in the horrific attacks on America on September 11, 2001.”
The statues, maintained by the Southington Parks and Recreation Department, are inscribed with dedications to the victims of the attacks and the responders.
“Dedicated to the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001”, reads the left tower, and “Dedicated to the police officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel who gave their lives while aiding their fellowman on September 11, 2001,” reads the right.
Dick Fortunado, who has assisted Mathieu in organizing the ceremony, said he thinks it is very important for Southington residents, especially younger generations, to commemorate the historic significance of the tragedy each year.
“Sadly, we have become desensitized by violence, killings and terrorism that has besieged the world,” said Fortunado, “So, it’s important to keep our memory of the tragic attacks on America of 9/11/2001, a horribly significant piece of history for Americans to know.”
Fortunado said he thinks the ceremony provides residents an opportunity to pause and reflect on the significance of the day.
“The presence at one of these services is important because it allows you to focus on it and remember what it was really about,” said Fortunado.
The ceremony will begin at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, beside the monument on West Main Street in Plantsville. Officials recommend parking and arrival by 8:30 a.m.