Sept. 11 Commemorated with Actvities Throughout West Hartford

There will be a moment of remembrance at 1 p.m. Sunday followed by a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial. Many religious and civic organizations are also hosting commemorative events this weekend.

Town of West Hartford:

West Hartford commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 tragic events, Sept. 11, 1 PM

West Hartford will join the nation in a moment of remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 PM as churches will ring their bells for one minute on the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. A ceremony will follow at the Veterans Memorial, located at the corner of Farmington Avenue and North Main Street in West Hartford Center.

The program includes the presentations of the American flag by the West Hartford Fire Department Color Guard and prayers from The Rev. Robert Hooper III of and Rabbi Michael Pincus of . Mayor Scott Slifka will conclude the program by laying a memorial wreath and offering words of remembrance.

The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, call 860-561-7521.


West Hartford Fire Department:

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the West Hartford firefighters will be planting 343 American flags outside at the West Hartford Firefighters Memorial.

The station is located at 21 Brace Road.

This is in tribute to the 343 FDNY (Fire Department, City of New York) firefighters lost that day when the World Trade Center collapsed.

The Tribute will take place as follows: Beginning at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first plane hit the towers, each name of the firefighters lost that day will be read and a flag planted. A bell will also be rung for each victim. This will continue until all 343 flags are in place.

If you have any questions please contact the on-duty Battalion chief at 860-883-1425.


September 11 Memorial Mass at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center:

at 303 Tunxis Road will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy with a memorial Mass at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11.  Prayers will be offered for peace in our hearts and peace in the world.  A candlelight labyrinth walk for peace will follow the celebration of Mass. Free will offering.  For more information visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org <http://www.holyfamilyretreat.org>.


An Interfaith Taize Worship Service:

An Interfaith Taize Worship Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, 6:30 pm. to pray for peace. Co-Sponsored by the and the  Spiritual Life Center, the service will be held in the Chapel at First Church, West Hartford Center, 12 S. Main St. Clergy of several faiths will participate. Participants are invited to walk the outdoor labyrinth after the service.  All are welcome. For more information call the church office at 860-233-9605, Reverend Susan Izard or www.whfirstchurch.org <http://www.whfirstchurch.org>.


9/11: Ten Years Later – a Day-Long Film Festival, Sept. 10:

Progressive Coalition of Greater Hartford sponsors “9/11: Ten Years Later – a Day-Long Film Festival” on Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at , http://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-Hartford/116079461746802, Auerbach Auditorium, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT.  Ample parking in Lot B.  Honor the 9/11 victims and their families by joining a community of progressives in viewing and discussing these rarely available independent films about what happened that day. Free screenings. Come for any part or all day - 10 to 10. Also, free selected DVDs will be distributed.


Mandell JCC Hosts We Remember - Ten Years After, 9/11 Community Memorial:

In remembrance of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the will hold a community memorial in the Chase Family Gallery from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at the Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT. 

The memorial is free and open to everyone, and will include the lighting of Yahrzeit (Jewish Memorial) candles, personal reflections, and readings, including readings for children.

Please feel free to stop by during the day to pay your respects. Community groups, media, and organizations are also welcome; groups need to RSVP to Donna Goldstein, 860-231-6315 dgoldstein@mandelljcc.org.


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