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A Decade Later, Pain Persists For 9/11 Families

By James Lomuscio

Tiny flags emblazoned with images of the Twin Towers flapped in the breeze as Edward T. Fergus Sr. walked back from the 9/11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park tonight.

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It was an emotional gathering for relatives of 9/11 victims tonight at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

He paused to stare out at the expansive field leading to the water.

“My son used to fly model planes down here,” recalled Fergus Sr., a Wilton resident. His voice began to crack.

“I never thought I’d be attending a memorial service for him here,” he added.

Malloy Leads 9/11 Ceremony

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy lead the state’s 9/11 memorial ceremony today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park as the 10th anniversary of the attack approached. Malloy acknowledged former Gov. Jodi Rell among those in the audience at the start of the 90-minute observance which concluded with laying of roses at the state memorial. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Paying Tribute

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Several hundred persons, many of them relatives of 9/11 victims, walked a flag-lined path to the 9/11 memorial tonight at Sherwood Island State Park. The ceremony three days ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack included reading of the names of 152 victims with Connecticut ties. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

New 9/11 Sculpture Unveiled

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Sculptors Matt Rink (l) of Redding and David Boyajian of New Fairfield pose before their new 9/11 sculpture unveiled today at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park during tonight’s 10th anniversary 9/11 commemorative ceremony. The new installation is a large floral festoon fabricated from aluminum, including shards of the metal recovered from the Twin Towers. Ten large flower petals, each marking a year since the tragedy, provide a canopy that protects the names of the victims that are etched on the wall below. Except for the required cutting and bending of the pieces into floral shapes, the sheet aluminum retains the rough patina and marks found on them. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

A Floral Tribute

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Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff tonight places a rose on the 9/11 memorial at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. Waiting in line behind him are Daniel Esty, commissioner of the state’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, and Rabbi Robert Orkand of Westport’s Temple Israel who delivered the invocation at the ceremony. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com