9/11 remembrance cermony held in Meriden

9/11 remembrance cermony held in Meriden


MERIDEN — City and state officials and first responders held a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Monday in front of City Hall.

The ceremony started just after 8:30 a.m. City councilors, members of the police and fire departments, representatives from Hunter’s Ambulance, state officials and residents assembled for the event. The ceremony started with an American flag that had flown over Ground Zero being carried in by first responders, and raised to half-staff as the crowd saluted. Police Chief Jeffrey Cossette and Fire Chief Ken Morgan were among those who read out the times of the attacks, at the north and south towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, while a bell was rung.

There was a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance. Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Dunn introduced the speakers, including Meriden City Manager Guy Scaife and state Sen. Len Suzio, R-Meriden. Suzio spoke about watching the nation come together in the days, weeks and months after the attack.

Morgan told the crowd that the terrorists thought they could take away the country’s freedom, but Americans did not let it happen.

“We’re resilient,” Morgan said. “Freedom is not free.”

Cossette said about a dozen members of the Meriden Police Department went to New York City immediately after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and worked on relief efforts.

“They felt as if they had to do something,” Cossette said.

The ceremony ended with Taps while the audience saluted the flag.

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