Steel from the World Trade Towers makes the Ridgefield 9/11 Monument at the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road. The memorial ceremony is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Credit Ridgefield Patch.
Ridgefield will mark the 12th anniversary of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 with a ceremony on Sept. 11, as it has done every year since the attack.
This year the ceremony will take place at the steel monument located on the grounds of Ridgefield Park and Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road.
The program starts with members of the Ridgefield Police Honor Guard and the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department Color Guard processing while Native Ridgefielder and recent college graduate Tommy Weeks plays tenor saxophone.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi will welcome everyone and lead the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the new leader of Temple Shearith Israel, Rabbi David L. Reiner, who will give the invocation.
Members of the Ridgefield Chorale will sing, "Blades of Grass," under the direction of Daniela Sikora; Father Joseph Prince, of St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church, will then offer a reflection.
Operatic Tenor William Joyner will sing "God Bless America," followed by St. Andrews Lutheran Church Pastor Gaylon Barker's reflection on the event.
Stamford Deputy Fire Marshal and Ridgefield resident Terrence Shay, bagpiper, will play "Amazing Grace." The ceremony will conclude with an invitation to all to lay a flower on the monument and join all musicians in singing the "National Anthem," followed by the benediction, which will be given by Rev. Karen Halac of the First Congregational Church.