The Greenwich September 11th Memorial held their third annual Remembrance Service at the September 11 memorial in Cos Cob Park on Monday.
“The tears still flow. The memories of our lost ones are as sharp as ever, and personally speaking, my utter disbelief that there would be other people out there that would attack children, women and men will never ever really go away ,” said state senator Scott Frantz. “What we have as a community and a country is a bond to each other and to the principles of greatest nation known to mankind in the history of mankind.”
Frantz said he didn’t think since the end of World War II had the US been as patriotic as on the afternoon on September 11, 2001. “And I think the same holds true for today,” he said. “It’s totally unique in the world as far as I can tell.”
“It’s our innate sense of patriotism and selflessness that makes us who we are today and provides for a bright future for many generations to come in the United States of America. It’s our prayers that are the lifeblood of our existence and our strong character and our community. That day Sept 11, 2001, our eyes were open to a whole new kind of world — something we could not have imagined on September 10.” – Senator Scott Frantz.
Frantz said that on September 12, Americans had some time to collect their thoughts and absorb what happened. First responders reacted instinctively, saving many people, reminding Americans what is good about the US.
While it is a challenge to reconcile why anyone would want to kill innocent people, Frantz said, “Whatever drove them to do that is still here. It’s not gone away yet, and we owe the relative peace we’ve been able to experience to those who serve in the uniform, the first responders.”
Invocations were led by clergy members Reverend Heather Sinclair (First Methodist Church) and Rabbi Mitchell Hurvitz (Temple Sholom).
For more information on the memorial please visit: sept11memorialgreenwich.org.