Greenwich Police Chief Heavey welcomed a small group to the annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony outside Glenville Fire Dept on Friday night, noting the absence of Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, who would typically be present but for Covid.
“We wanted to keep it small to fall within all the rules on the executive orders,” Heavey said, going on to introduce Sandy Kornberg, president of the Glenville Volunteer Fire Co.
Kornberg said it was important to honor the lives lost of people from Greenwich on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
“This is an unusual night, but those memories will remain with us for a long time,” he said.
The entire Board of Selectmen was present as well as State Rep Livvy Floren and State Senator Alex Kasser.
“As the years pass, memory of historical events will blur and ultimately will fade, but for anybody who was alive on Sept 11, 2001, or was old enough to remember, those images will never fade. There was something else that was born that day – that was resolve,” said Camillo who also serves as Greenwich’s Fire Commissioner. “Resolve to rebuild, resolve to revitalize, and resolve to repel hate and extremism,” Camillo added. “It is up to all of us to make sure that that resolve stays as strong today as it was 19 years ago if our nation is to continue to be what our 16th president (Abraham Lincoln) called the last best hope of earth.”
Twenty-three people with ties to Greenwich died on Sept. 11, 2001.