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Monday, August 18, 2003

State Ceremonies in Westport Marking

State Ceremonies in Westport Marking Sept. 11 Anniversary to be Low-Key
State officials are planning a more intimate remembrance this year for Connecticut victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, compared with last year’s service, according to The Hartford Courant.

Only relatives of state victims have been invited to a gathering at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park on Sept. 4. They will be the first people to see new sandstone-colored, 8-inch-square granite blocks, each containing the name of one of the 151 victims who lived in the state or had close family ties to Connecticut, the newspaper reported.

Planners are trying to create a more personal setting for the unveiling, said Brian Mattiello, the state official overseeing production of the Westport ceremony.

“What we’ve heard from families is that there was a swirl of activity one year after (the attacks), with world events and the government going through so much,” he said.

“Mostly, what we want to do is focus on the lives that were led by those who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001,” Mattiello said. “That ought to be the focus.”

Hundreds of people gathered at Sherwood Island almost a year ago to dedicate a seaside memorial for the victims of the terrorist attacks. There are no separate plans by Westport to mark the anniversary.

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