Sept. 11 ceremony

It’s been 11 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks; 11 years that now seem a lifetime ago to many of us. Two wars later and a great recession along the way have driven the memory of that horrible day further from our minds.

It is a presidential election year and our country in many ways has never been more divided. The rude and rough voices of our current political discourse and the constant push and pull of our daily lives has made some of us careless of the consequences of divisive action.

It was 11 years ago that 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists crashed hijacked passenger planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and another into a field outside of Shanksville, Pa.

These were men who could not put aside their differences. For them there was no compromise and no path but that which led to blood and flame.

Next week, Americans should put aside their differences, even if for one day. We must stop, consider and honor those we’ve lost. We must come together and remind one another about what it takes to move life forward.

The City of Milford will remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001 with a simple ceremony of song and prayer on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. at Live Oaks School’s World Trade Center Memorial Garden, 575 Merwin Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine, and all Milford citizens are invited to attend.

The Milford Police Department and Fire Department Honor Guards will present the colors. The children from Live Oaks School will participate in the short remembrance. The Rev. Gary Witte, pastor of the Woodmont United Church of Christ Congregational, and Rabbi Dana Bogatz of Congregation Sinai will lead attendees in prayer.

The World Trade Center Memorial Garden was dedicated Sept. 9, 2002 to Michael Miller and Avnish Patel, graduates of Live Oaks School, to Seth Morris of Mathewson School and to all those who perished in the tragic attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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