FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The phrase “Never Forget” is used a lot when talking about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and members of the Fairfield Fire and Police Departments along with local officials offered reasons why during the annual remembrance ceremony.
“This is really a day of personal reflection,” said Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara. “But it is also a day of communal reflection.”
And of the dozens who gathered in front of the fire station on Reef Road on Wednesday, everyone was there to share in remembering the fear, solidarity and sadness of the day.
Fairfield resident Jim Waterbury attended the ceremony with his year old son, Ben, to remember the events. “Over the years I’ve gone to a lot of these to remember,” Waterbury said.
For Jen Harding, coming to events like this is a way to help the healing. “It just really helps to get through the day.”
The ceremony celebrated the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, on Flight 93 and the first responders who arrived to help.
“Let us not forget those who have passed since,” Assistant Fire Chief Erik Kalapir said after speaking about the first responders who didn’t die during the initial response but have continued to be plagued with health problems since then.
The continued loss of life and feelings of loss have never quite left the survivors of 9/11, said the Rev. Charles Allen said.
“We remember because we must never forget,” said State Sen. John McKinney.