Flags should be flown at half-staff on Thursday

American and state flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, Sept. 11, in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

There are 161 victims with ties to Connecticut who were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Terrorists hijacked four jets on that day and the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania.

A ‘spirit that cannot be broken’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made the announcement on putting flags at half-staff on Wednesday.

“With each year on the anniversary of Sept. 11, we take time to remember the lives of those we lost, honor the men and women of our military who continue to fight for our freedom, and come together as a nation unified with an indomitable will and spirit that cannot be broken,” Malloy said.

“We pay tribute to those who performed extraordinary acts of heroism on that day, selflessly putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives of complete strangers, and we support the families of those whose lives were taken all too soon, including the many families from Connecticut who have been forever impacted by the tragedy. No amount of time will ever cause us to forget.”

State’s memorial to the victims

The state of Connecticut’s memorial to the victims is located on a peninsula at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, where people gathered on Sept. 11, 2001 to observe lower Manhattan as the Twin Towers collapsed. The site was also used as a staging area for Connecticut’s relief efforts to New York City.

Malloy has also issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 11 as Honor Our Heroes and Remembrance Day in Connecticut.