The below story came from a press release.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman have both released statements regarding the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“With each passing year, it is imperative that we never forget the innocent lives lost, the families who faced tragedy, and the brave and selfless acts of our first responders and civilians who committed extraordinary acts of heroism on that day twelve years ago,” Malloy said. “Let us pray for the brave men and women of the military that our state has lost in the ongoing battle to keep us safe since Sept. 11, 2001, including most recently an airman from New Fairfield who last week lost his life in Afghanistan while serving our country. For families and countless friends in Connecticut and in our neighboring states who lost loved ones that day – no amount of time will fill the void in their hearts. No amount of time will ever cause us to forget.”
Said Wyman, “For those who lost loved ones on that horrible day and in the military conflicts that followed, the pain will not disappear even as years stretch into decades,” Lt. Governor Wyman said. “That is why it is so important that we, as a nation and a state and a community, stand together in resolve to always honor their memory and what they meant to their families.”
Approximately 161 victims with ties to Connecticut were killed as a result of the attacks, Malloy and Wyman said.
The governor has proclaimed Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 as “Honor our Heroes and Remembrance Day” in the State of Connecticut and has ordered flags in the state, which are currently flying at half-staff in tribute to Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico of New Fairfield, to also remain lowered during the day in observance of the anniversary. Following the anniversary, flags throughout Connecticut should continue flying at half-staff until the burial services for Staff Sgt. Lobraico are held, the details of which are forthcoming.
The governor also encouraged state residents to join President Barack Obama in a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday morning.